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Debra Finnegan-Suler
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Ph.D. Clinical Psychology, #outsiderthinking, #emperorhasnoclothes, #simpleisbetter, #wishiknewthiswheniwasyounger, #thepurposeoflifeisjoy, #interdisciplinarymashup,#neednonprofitinternet
Ph.D. Clinical Psychology, #outsiderthinking, #emperorhasnoclothes, #simpleisbetter, #wishiknewthiswheniwasyounger, #thepurposeoflifeisjoy, #interdisciplinarymashup,#neednonprofitinternet

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Our knee jerk reaction to fat (as a Villain to be avoided vs an essential nutrient) must end. We have been snookered #corruption, and, to this day, the sugar industry is still trying... #NBCNews .... In general, our media continue to promote all "new studies" as if they are truth with a capital T...and we willingly suspend disbelieve when it's called "science".
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Children under 2 years old should have NO added sugar in their diet! (American Heart Association, 2016). That means: NO sugar, corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup, cane sugar,  molasses, etc. And , of course, avoid all artificial sweeteners too. Help kids retain their ability to enjoy low sweetness foods!
(#‎TODAYShow, #NBCNews got it right today.)
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"Online Shaming": CBS Sunday Morning (an oasis of calm and sanity on network TV) is doing a segment on this important topic this fall. #CBSSundayMorning #JohnSuler #OnlineDisinhibitionEffect  
LOOKING FOR POKEMON

David Pogue, Sara Kugel, and a team from CBS Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood came to campus to do an interview with me about online shaming. It will be airing in the fall (stay tuned!)... Dave and I also devoted a minute or two to locate nearby Pokemon.
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Beware the amplifying (and narrowing) feedback loop of cyberspace!
THE SCREEN IS YOU

This is why it's important to not just do the same things over and over again when online, but to try new social media and different kinds of apps, to read blogs and news sites that describe opinions different than our own, to meet new people, including people that we don't know in the face-to-face world.

Otherwise, the screen too easily becomes a feedback-looped mirror that encourages us to get stuck in a psychological rut, like Narcissus in Greek mythology who stared forever at his own reflection in a pond.
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The ‪#‎TODAYShow‬ should be called the "SUGAR Show". NBC continues heavily promoting sugar and junk foods (celebrating deep fried twinkies and oreos with swedish fish inside), literally right after they reported the news that 91% of children have poor nutrition, and are "eating too much sugar and junk food". ‪#‎hypocrisy‬, ‪#‎corruption‬ ‪#‎shameonyou‬, ‪#‎NBCNews‬
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When is it all too much?
CHANGE AND EXCESS

That's the title of the chapter in Psychology of the Digital Age that I devote to this topic. It goes by different names – information overload, cognitive overload, sensory overload. It all boils down to the same thing: too much STUFF coming at us!

So how do we respond to all that stuff? One of three things:

1. We only pay attention to the obvious stuff that immediately grabs our attention, that fits in with what we already know and like ("leveling")

2. We get overwhelmed, indecisive, fidgety, and distracted ("irritable confusion")

3. We burn out, go numb, and withdraw ("shutdown")
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Just as Wall Street wants people hyped-up on trading (even tho it diminishes their returns ) for-profit media wants people EMOTIONAL (even if it diminishes their well-being).

Emotional = ADDICTIVE ENGAGEMENT = Short-term PROFIT---> leads to us being unbalanced/unhappy/hyper people.... looking for someone or something to blame! #NeedNonProfitInternet #SafeInternet  
Unfortunately, social media is not so much about socializing. It's more about scoring points in the popularity game. It's very hard not to get caught up in that game because let's face it: our culture is all about games, competition, scoring points, 15 minutes of fame, and "winning,"

Social media and the internet as a whole are like one gigantic mirror being held up to show us who we are. If you don't like what you see, then let's change it.
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Internet humor from John Suler....make sure to click the link!
"IT IS SOLVED BY WALKING"

Designers of Pokemon Go say old Latin proverb inspired the app:
http://bit.ly/29NazAf
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Professors, are you getting ready for your fall psychology classes yet? Check out all the resources in Dr. Suler's Teaching Clinical Psychology website. You'll find in-class exercises, project ideas, course outlines related to abnormal psychology, group dynamics, self-insight, brain storming, mindfulness....
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