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Archive for May, 2016

Texting and Gardening??

So many of us think that we can multitask. We think texting and driving, no problem, but it is a problem. We are not as skilled at multitasking as we think. In reality our brain can only do one thing at a time. When we think we are multitasking we are actually switching rapidly between tasks. We lose our ability to respond quickly to what is happening around us on the road. Honda created a new PSA reminding us that we really can’t text and multitask. Check out this funny video of someone trying to text and garden here.

Let’s put down our phones and pay attention to the road!

Wait! You said you were doing homework?!

So you get online and you see that your friend, who said she was doing homework, is posting all about the awesome time she had hanging out with friends. You start feeling sad, then angry. Why didn’t she just say that she had plans? Why did she lie to you? Did she not want to hang out with you?  This can be a difficult situation to deal with. Dr. Devorah Heitner spoke with several teens, who came up with some great ideas to help deal with the emotions that come when you feel left out.

  1. “Watch some Netflix
  2. Eat some ice cream
  3. Call some other friends to invite them over
  4. Don’t watch—put away your phone!
  5. Exercise
  6. Hang out with your family”

Everyone will experience this in some form or another throughout life. It is good to have strategies to cope when you feel left out. Check out the rest of Dr. Devorah Heitner’s Article for some more great information.

Exclusion in the Instagram Age: How Can They be Having Such a Great Time Without Me?

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