Social media causes youth depression, survey says

Community care involves care performed for whole groups of peopleImage: bob al-greene / mashable If you’ve spent any time on planet Earth in the past five years, chances are that someone has recommended that you “Take some time for self-care.” Maybe a friend has encouraged you to enjoy a “Treat yo’ self” kind of day. Maybe they’ve told you to make yourself a bubble bath or get a gel manicure or download a self-care app that can teach you how to breathe better. At the heart of all this advice is the same operational principle: If you want to feel better, you need to do the labor yourself, for yourself. That’s why some experts, like Nakita Valerio, a Toronto-based community …

The trouble with the tapback: No one agrees what they actually mean

They are instruments of chaos.Image: Vicky Leta / Mashable In September 2016, Apple released iOS 10. With it came the iMessage Tapback, the convenient and highly ambiguous reaction feature that — nearly three years later — no one quite knows how to use. Tapbacks were created, one assumes, to make texting more convenient. It’s true that they’re nearly effortless to employ: Simply press on a message until you’re presented with the Tapback options — a heart, a thumbs up, a thumbs down, a HAHA, a double exclamation point, and a question mark — and pick the one you want. Easy, right? You didn’t even have to type anything! Here’s the trouble, though. There’s no practical consensus on what, exactly, Tapbacks are supposed …

Best graduation gifts for her: 50 gift ideas for college grads

Springtime means bright blooms, longer days, and a new class that’s getting ready to graduate. For you that means watching a woman you’re proud of accept her diploma, which also means you need to find the perfect gift for her. Depending on her interests, your grad might have useful items on her wishlist like kitchen appliances or a new laptop, or she might want something a little more fun like a vlogging camera or some cool gadgets. Regardless, you want to make her feel special for earning her degree and this gift guide is sure to include something she’ll love. There are plenty of ways to say “congratulations,” whether that’s through a heartfelt piece of jewelry or the latest tech …

Naomi Wolf: Were in a fight for our lives and for democracy

The author discusses her fears for free speech, older women, and her latest book, Outrages, a study of the persecution of gay men by the legal system in Victorian Britain When Naomi Wolf tells me that shes finished with writing about herself something she says more than once in the hour we spend together its hard to know what to think. Such news is likely to be treated with a certain amount of scepticism in some quarters. Readers will recall her last book, protests mounted by parents in Birmingham against No Outsiders, a programme that aims to show primary school children diverse families, including those with same-sex parents. Only when you push her does she agree that the effects of …

Prince Harry and Oprah Winfrey to collaborate on new mental health series

You'll never be this royal, but we can all pretend through photosImage: Aaron Chown – WPA Pool/Getty Images It’s the one year anniversary of the royal event that finally brought America and the UK together. Our metaphorical King and Queen, Harry and Meghan are taking the occasion to remind you that they’re goddamn adorable and their wedding was perfect. A video on the official Sussex Royal Instagram account compiled a number of beautiful behind-the-scenes black and white photos of the day. One includes his Royal Highness Duke of Sussex apparently hailing a taxi in full military garb like a commoner. Aren’t they relatable?! In fact, they are not. They are literal royalty. But also, that’s why we love their best …

Why race science is on the rise again

After the second world war, the belief that differences between so-called races are genetic became taboo. Now, with the far right resurgent, its back In 1985, historian Barry Mehler had a dream. His research was taking him deep into the murky territory of academias extreme right wing. As he worked, he found his waking life beginning to soak into his subconscious, colouring his sleep. In his dream, his son, then two years old, was trapped in a runaway car hurtling down a hill. The traffic is going in both directions, and I am in the middle of the road desperately waving my hands trying to stop the flow, in order to save the life of my son, he tells me. …

The therapy dogs that helped the Parkland survivors got their own yearbook page, and yes, we’re crying.

After the devastating Marjorie Stoneman High School shooting in Parkland, Florida that left 17 people dead, a number students and faculty experienced debilitating symptoms that often accompany a traumatic event. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can take many forms, affecting both the body and mind years after the inciting incident. There are several forms of therapy that have been proven helpful for those living with it, but one that brought a great deal of comfort to the Parkland students involved 14 adorable, four-legged friends. These therapy dogs have been a staple at Marjorie Stoneman High School ever since the shooting, acting as non-intrusive, comforting, mobile support systems that students can turn to whenever they need. The students have dealt with …

How much water do you really need?

Have you ever had that devastating experience where someone asks you what you’ve been up to, then the light rapidly leaves your eyes because you realize you’ve only been working?  If you can swing it, consider taking up a hobby. Learning an entirely new skill can be daunting. Luckily, we have the internet, which is probably the place you’re spending all your free time (assuming you have it) anyway — and which allows you to learn the basics of pretty much anything for free. Here are a few ideas. 1. Embroidery View this post on Instagram A post shared by Embroidery Instaguild (@embroidery_instaguild) on Sep 12, 2018 at 3:03pm PDT If you’re a fan of embroidery Instagram, why not take …

Burger King launches line of ‘Unhappy Meals’ in honor of Mental Health Awareness Month

Image: Sage Anderson I’m here to alert the presses that yes, people who peel their chicken nuggets before eating them actually exist. Let the “cursed food opinion” comments roll.  A photo of nude nuggets, freshly peeled, has been making the rounds on Twitter since late April, but it has recently incurred a fresh wave of delicious backlash.  We’re gonna need the police, the Sheriff, the FBI, US Marshalls, and Interpol for this one. pic.twitter.com/jzppIy8Xjy — Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) May 8, 2019 PEEL your nuggets? they shoulda never gave y’all animals to eat — Goat Rich (@VainandAble) May 8, 2019

The cast of Netflix’s ‘On My Block’ play Gif Pictionary

Six weeks after beloved Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek informed fans he had stage 4 pancreatic cancer, he’s once again checked in with fans. He thanked everyone for all of their well-wishes and says he’s feeling pretty good.  The video was posted Wednesday afternoon in coordination with the wrap-up of filming on the game show’s 35th (!) season.  In the quick clip, Trebek says, “I wanted once again to thank you for your continuing messages of encouragement and support, particularly the many cards I’ve received from young people. I’m touched beyond words.” He also address rumors regarding his health and promises to be back for the next season this fall: “Despite what you may have heard, I’m feeling good, I’m continuing …

Chewbacca actor Peter Mayhew dies aged 74

Mark Hamill and William Shatner among those paying tribute to Star Wars star: A big man with a bigger heart The family of Peter Mayhew, who played Chewbacca in the original Star Wars franchise, has announced his death on Twitter on Thursday. He was 74. Mayhew died on 30 April in his North Texas home surrounded by his family, #RIPPeterMayhew @TheWookieeRoars May 2, 2019 Mayhew was a minor actor working shifts as a hospital orderly when he was cast as Chewbacca the Wookiee in the first Star Wars film, 1977s A New Hope. The 7ft 3in tall actor was cast partly because he was taller than the 6ft 6in actor David Prowse, who played villain Darth Vader. A fan favourite, …

The Sesame Street gang has a great message for kids who are already screen addicts.

Tell me if this rings true for you — usually the first thing I do in the morning is look at my phone. The first questions that cross my just waking brain are how and where can I find out what’s going on in my (and the rest of the) world today? And if for some reason my phone’s not nearby and I can’t remember where I put it, I panic. Sound familiar? The average smartphone user taps, clicks, or swipes on their phone nearly 2,700 times per day. In the worst cases, it’s over 5,000. Our children were born into a smartphone-centered world, and the addiction keeps starting younger and younger. It’s not uncommon to see children just over …

Pornhub is offering a sexy new way to save the bees this Earth Day.

As part of their new “Beesexual” campaign, the online porn company is tapping into Beerotica. Yes, you read that right. Most of us do not associate pornography with sustainability, but the creative executives at Pornhub have found a way to tap into a “save the world” theme just in time for Earth Day. As part of their aptly named “Beesexual” campaign, a partnership with French advertising agency BETC, the sex video purveyor is attempting to educate people about the threatened population using something they know their patrons visit them for — sex appeal. I know, I know, it sounds super weird, but let us explain. While we weren’t aware that bee-porn was actually a thing, Pornhub has created a whole …

What its like to be Pornhub’s social media manager

Pornhub Aria, the woman behind the online adult video site's social media empire.Image: Pornhub Managing a brand’s social media is tricky for anyone in 2019, and it’s even more challenging if you’re the social voice (and face) of Pornhub, the web’s most popular porn site. We spoke with Aria Nathaniel about the fine line she walks at the office each day. Boasting a whopping 6 million followers on Instagram and 1.25 million on Twitter, Pornhub has amassed extensive reach on social media channels. By riffing on memes, trends, and current events — and interacting with readers — Pornhub stays relevant and continues to build an engaged community. Most of that work is done by one woman — Pornhub’s social media …

This teacher’s viral ‘check-in’ board is a beautiful example of mental health support.

Update: We have found the teacher who originate the mental health check-in board! Kudos to Erin Castillo for the brilliant idea and for sharing how she’s using it to help kids. She is offering a free download of the board as a poster along with instructions for utilizing it on Teachers Pay Teachers. Thanks, Erin! This teacher is making a difference in her students’ lives, one simple Post-it Note at a time. Excellent teachers do so much more than teach. They can be mentors, role models, guides, and even confidants. Sometimes a teacher is one of the only trusted adults in a child’s life—a fact that drives home the immense responsibility educators hold in their hands. Perhaps that’s why a …

These warming ‘space pants’ use technology to help people with chronic pain Future Blink

Image: James Devaney/GC Images/Getty Images Justin Bieber has stopped crying in public long enough to announce his soon-to-be parenthood. Don’t get your hopes up – it was a terrible prank. The singer conveniently revealed his wife Hailey Baldwin’s pregnancy on April Fools’ Day, posting a sonogram dated  Feb. 2. The screenshot lists 8.3 cm, which is right in the ballpark for a three-month-old fetus, according to the Cleveland Clinic. This is one of the first indications the that the photo was likely a prank.  View this post on Instagram A post shared by Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) on Apr 1, 2019 at 1:02pm PDT It’s worth noting that the ultrasound Bieber posted is literally a photo from the Wikipedia page about …