Spending chunks of your day on the Internet can be helpful or detrimental for your mental health, depending upon what you do there. A 2020 Canadian review linked social media use to mental distress among teens, in part because it can bring on a feeling that others look or live better than you do. On the other hand, in a 2021 British study, seniors who went online at least once a day during the pandemic lockdown tended to feel less depressed compared to those who accessed the Internet only once a week or less. The benefits include communicating with family and friends, finding inspiration for fun offline activities and enjoying a quick, feel-good distraction on a rough day. (Cat video, anyone?)
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Can This Digital Wild West Be Controlled, And More Importantly, Should It Be?
With over 500 million users, it’s a frenetic arena: emergency help pleas and political debates jostle for space with cat videos, fake news and threats of violence. Can this digital Wild West be controlled, and more importantly, should it be?
Does This Dog Know Whether You Have Cancer?
The canine nose is a marvel of nature. Science believes that a computerized model will save millions of lives
ME & MY SHELF
In her recent book, Desperately Seeking Shah Rukh: India’s Lonely Young Women and the Search for Intimacy and Independence, Harvard-trained economist Shrayana Bhattacharya uses the lens of fandom to show how India neglects women and their desires.
A Season of Sweetness & Joy
A wish list that found its way to ‘Santa’. An unlikely Christmas far from home. A community that brightened a grief-stricken home. If you need a little extra warmth this year, these wonderful stories will do the trick.
Two years ago, before The Time of the Virus, my husband and I spent a wonderful New Year’s Eve ringing in 2020. We drank prosecco and played charades with good friends at their country house surrounded by sparkling snow. Our two kids were off at parties with dozens of their friends, as one would expect from young adults.
Under Something of a Cloud: The Best Travel Writing of Dom Moraes, Speaking Tiger
DRAMA IN REAL LIFE THE BOYS IN THE CAVE
For the soccer team trapped deep in a Thailand cave, rescue seemed impossible
More Than Winter-Dry Skin
Eczema and psoriasis flare up this time of year. Here’s what you need to know
ALL YOU CAN eat
Nobel laureate Abhijit Banerjee’s book of recipes will change your kitchen, and, possibly, your life
The Dark Web Demystified
An Insider's Guide to Andrographis
Andro what? It isn’t as well-known as echinacea or elderberry, but andrographis—or Andrographis paniculata by its Latin name—may deliver even more powerful relief from colds, flu, and other infections.
WE'RE WITH HER HEIDI GARDNER
SNL’s ‘middle child’ and Kansas City kid is a rabid Chiefs fan who lets kids watch R-rated movies. While rolling out more hot-mess characters this season, she’s sharper than ever.
The Men Who Are Killing American's Newspapers
Inside Alden Global Capital, the secretive hedge fund gutting newsrooms and damaging democracy
10 Ways You're Sabotaging Your Immune System
Never as a nation have we been more focused on immunity. But in spite of our best efforts, some all-too-common daily habits may be undermining our resistance to infection. Here are 10 sneaky immune saboteurs, and ways to change them.
THE DEATH AND LIFE OF A SAFETY-NET HOSPITAL
Mercy Hospital, a 168-year-old anchor on Chicago’s South Side, was about to succumb to the brutal economics of health care for America's poor and uninsured. Then an unlikely savior appeared
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KANYE WEST HUMILIATES KIM KARDASHIAN — AGAIN — BLINDSIDING HIS EX WITH “HURRICANE,” A RAP ABOUT HIS INFIDELITY.
Tone-deaf stunt has ’em screaming for his head!
SENATORS QUESTION DOJ FUNDING FOR AI-POWERED POLICING TECH
A Democratic senator said the U.S. Justice Department needs to look into whether the algorithm-powered police technologies it funds contribute to racial bias in law enforcement and lead to wrongful arrests.
Proactive Health Tips to Help Navigate Year 2 of the Pandemic
After months of unfamiliar restrictions and guidelines, pandemic fatigue is affecting how some Americans protect their health. However, experts warn that diligence is still extremely important because new mutations and variants of the virus that causes COVID-19 are being discovered. The typical cold and flu season also brings added threats to people’s health and wellness.