Screen Time and Adolescent Mental Health

For those with iPhones or keep some sort of track on the latest technology, then they might know that one of Apple’s most recent update for iOS 12 included Screen Time, letting users know how much time they spend on their phone, including information about how much time they spend on specific websites and apps. For those who are brave enough, they can enable the feature here.

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Apps Your Child Depends On


You know those moments when you’re hanging out with your family and all of a sudden you look around and everyone is on their phones, not talking or looking at each other? It can be amusing, but also a good reminder to put down our phones and be present. And while we all need to check ourselves from time to time, the reality is we depend on our phones a lot.

In the world of balancing our schedule, health, well-being, work, family, commitments, errands, intentions and more there are definitely some apps out there that serve as reminders and help keep us organized and on top of it all. Whether its scheduling, keeping up on our health or a useful tool for work, there’s no doubt apps can serve as a reminder and help us live a healthier life.

However, if not careful, we can become overly attached to our phone (and the apps we use). Read more about nomophobia here.

What apps do you and your child(ren) rely on the most? If you were doing an app cleanse, which ones would you get rid of from your phone? Leave a comment below!

Using Social Media to Diagnose Depression


So often, we hear about the damage that social media is having on our mental health, from isolating ourselves to avoiding face-to-face human interaction to experiencing FOMO. A recent study however, tried to see how social media wasn’t affecting mental health, but instead how it can help diagnose mental illnesses, specifically with depression.

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Going Off the Grid – A Social Media Hiatus

The SOVA Project is happy to feature this blog post written by one in our team of fantastic SOVA Ambassadors—these are young people who help create meaningful blog posts from adolescents’ perspectives.

For most people, social media is an intrinsically large part of our lives. Young people can easily spend hours per day on various social media networks without even realizing they are doing so. Continue reading Going Off the Grid – A Social Media Hiatus

Some Social Media Stats

It’s almost pointless to constantly discuss the effect that social media has on our interactions and communication without having the information to back it up. There are almost always surveys and polls released to see how people, adolescents in particular, are using social media and the effect it has on them. We’ve taken a couple of recent ones to see what the most up-to-date statistics say.

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The Right to Vote

Politics have become a part of everyday conversation, as naturally brought up as the weather or celebrity gossip. The is especially true for the latter, as politics are almost one in the same with celebrity news. After 2016, the amount of activism and speaking up from entertainers has significantly increased, especially so in the last few weeks. Continue reading The Right to Vote

The Art and Harm of Subtweeting


The art of subtweeting isn’t a particularly difficult one. It involves posting something on social media (usually Twitter) that’s most likely negative, most likely about someone you know, but always indirect. No names are mentioned, no handles are included, and the post is passive-aggressive, rarely specific, but hints that someone has offended the original poster. Continue reading The Art and Harm of Subtweeting

YouTube, YouTubers, and Relationships


It’s difficult not to feel even a little jealous when scrolling through our numerous feeds, seeing people we know participating in adventurous activities and hanging out with other people, wishing we could do the same instead of viewing someone else doing so on a screen. FOMO is an all too familiar term, but recently, the fear of missing out has only intensified with the increased use of social media, particularly when it comes to the endless material from YouTube, one of the most popular sites for adolescents.

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Using Social Media as a Resource


In the never-ending debate on the pros and cons of social media, particularly on mental health, there isn’t as much discussion about how social media can be used as an outlet. While it isn’t a replacement for therapy and professional help by any means, social media can help to reassure people about how they’re feeling, whether it be through initial research or talking to other people who are going through the exact same thing.

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