Senior citizens who don't keep up with technology are at risk of social isolation. A New Mexico nonprofit pairs tech-savvy youth with seniors, and both generations benefit from the human connection.
Adam AlterHow to use screens to drive well-being: a startup in New Mexico pairs seniors with teens who offer them tech support (and company). "The main service we provide isn't tech support. It's human connection." npr.org/2020/01/20/796…@NPR
Mojo Vision's prototypes can enhance your vision or show you your schedule—right from the surface of your eyes.
Adam AlterThis sounds dystopian, but it's couched warmly as "a future with fewer screens."
"The display of the future might be in your contact lens."
That sounds worse than a screen you can leave in the other room. We're heading in the wrong direction.
A team of researchers has conducted the first study of how baby and adult brains interact during natural play, and they found measurable connections in their neural activity. In other words, baby and adult brain activity rose and fell together as...
Cleanses and detoxes are trendy, popular, and promise to clear out nasty toxins from your body and make you healthier. It’s a tall promise, especially since they can’t usually point to any specific toxins that they’re trying to rid you of.
Adam AlterJuice cleanses don't work. You're losing weight because your body's running on fumes, not because you're "detoxing." The best you can hope for: you won't emerge with poorer health and vitamin deficiencies. Helpful primer: lifehacker.com/what-happens-i…@lifehacker
Fake news can sway elections, tank economies and sow discord in everyday life. Data scientist Sinan Aral demystifies how and why it spreads so quickly -- citing one of the largest studies on misinformation -- and identifies five strategies to help...
Scientists have known for decades that aerobic exercise strengthens the brain and contributes to the growth of new neurons, but few studies have examined how yoga affects the brain. A review of the science finds evidence that yoga enhances many of...
A healthier life and better relations with others. These are the promises made by many social media and apps. However, these ideals are in stark contrast with the way the companies behind these apps behave. The companies are primarily driven by...
Chop wood, carry water and other lessons that apply far beyond the gym.
Adam Alter“...lifting weights becomes a transformative practice to be undertaken primarily for its own sake, the byproduct of which is a nourishing effect on the soul.” @BStulberg in the @nytimes on the elemental benefits of lifting stuff and putting it down.
Officials say regulations are meant to curb video game addiction, which they blame for a rise in nearsightedness and poor academic performance.
Adam AlterChina's introduced new rules limiting when and for how long young gamers can play video games. Parental limits are fine, but if the government's going to get involved, it should police the dealers and producers (gaming companies), not the users. nytimes.com/2019/11/06/bus…@nytimes
In a study, preschoolers who used screens less had better language skills.
Adam AlterThe usual correlation =/= causation caveats apply, but this is an intriguing study that suggests a relationship between screen time and language skills (controlling for variables like income and age): nytimes.com/2019/11/04/wel…@nytimes
Treatments for children with anxiety and depression increasingly push them to navigate Instagram and Snapchat to build relationships with their peers.
Adam AlterSome therapists are telling teens to use social media more often to combat anxiety. “Sometimes the most difficult response to deal with is no response at all.” Social media isn’t about connection—it’s about mitigating FOMO and social anxiety. wsj.com/articles/when-…@WSJ