The lost practice of face-to-face communication has made the world a more extreme place.
- The world was saner when we spoke face-to-face, argues John Cameron Mitchell. Not looking someone in the eye when you talk to them raises the potential for miscommunication and conflict.
- Social media has been an incredible force for activism and human rights, but it's also negatively affected our relationship with the media. We are now bombarded 24/7 with news that either drives us to anger or apathy.
- Sitting behind a screen makes polarization worse, and polarization is fertile ground for conspiracy theories and fascism, which Cameron describes as irrationally blaming someone else for your problems.
When are you most optimistic? A study found how optimism varies throughout life.
- Researchers studied more than 1,000 people during the course of 7 years.
- They found that levels of optimism change throughout life.
- Optimism grows through the 30s and 40s and peaks in mid-50s.
5-HTP could help both constipation and depression, but dosage matters.
- New research at Columbia University Irving Medical Center points to a potential treatment for depression.
- One-third of all sufferers of depression suffer from constipation, strengthening the connection between the mind-gut problem.
- Slow release 5-HTP was shown to alleviate both constipation and depression in mice.
There's a reason people are "triggered" during voting time.
- People seeking to win an election often use emotional words to trigger voters.
- These emotional words tend to trigger people into four different groups: loyalists, riled-up resisters, mild moderates, and disenchanted drop-outs.
- What we see today is people getting into power with less than a majority of people because they're able to divide this four-way voter split.
Study finds that neurotic people deal with more "mental noise" than others.
- Neuroticism is characterized by emotional instability and lack of resilience.
- People who score high on neuroticism are at an increased risk for mental health problems and relationship woes.
- New research suggests that neurotic people deal with more mental noise.
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