On friendship, listening, & love

Sen. Ben Sasse has pointed out that friendship is in devastating atrophy. In 1990, the average American had 3.2 friends. In 2018, the average American had 1.8 friends. He says that there's no data that shows you’re happier when you go from 200 to 500 social media friends, or from 500 to 1,000. But, if…

Swimming Deeper

Six years ago, Microsoft came out with a study that found the average human attention span is less than that of a goldfish. Not exactly sure how they track that - have you ever locked eyes with a goldfish? - but there's no doubt that our attention span is decreasing. Put it in a tweet…

5 ways to keep screens from taking over my day

Rosalyn Picard from MIT describes a study of college students where half were allowed to use social media as they normally would; the other half were limited to 10 minutes a day. The group using a limited amount of SM showed clinically significant reductions of loneliness and depression. Those who used it without any change…