Young Adults Are More Likely to Develop Seasonal Affective Disorder

January. The excitement of the holidays is over. It’s time to return to your college classes after a nice, long break. For those in northern climates, there’s also less sunlight and painfully cold temperatures to contend with. It’s completely normal to feel a little bummed out about it all, right? In most cases, yes, it […]

COVID Suicide Rates Dropped Despite Challenges

Despite the rise in depression and anxiety symptoms, firearm sales, and drug and alcohol use, US suicide rates during COVID actually fell 6% last year, the largest annual decline in four decades. While we’ve all watched our fair share of disaster movies — Titanic, The Day After Tomorrow, The Perfect Storm, and probably the most […]

Spring Forward But Kick Back: Putting the “Break” Back In Spring Break

How do you know if you’re getting enough sleep? Sometimes a lack of sleep comes from a busy schedule, overconsumption of caffeine or alcohol, or an anxious mind. But sleep problems can have many contributing factors and no single solution. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), one-third of adults (35%) don’t get enough […]

Final Fall Back for Daylight Saving

While the biannual chore of changing the clocks has never been easier thanks to the digital age and automatic updates, daylight saving time continues to be a practice very few favor. In fact, the tradition is so unpopular that a 2019 poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research revealed that only 28% of Americans preferred the switching back and forth between standard and daylight saving time.

How Much News Is Too Much?

The last two decades have seen explosive growth of broadcast and digital media platforms, making the news infinitely more accessible. According to TIME, one in 10 adults checks the news every hour, and 20% of Americans report “constantly” monitoring their social media accounts, which can also serve as sources of news information.

Is it possible that constant exposure to information about wars, riots, shootings, natural disasters, catastrophes, and other devastating world events can take a toll on us mentally? Is the daily barrage of negative news healthy for our overall well-being? And, if not, exactly how much news is too much?