Digital fatigue is real

But there are ways out of it

Back to the past: How the Taliban took over Afghanistan

The brutal end to the longest war

What is toxic positivity?

How looking only on the bright side can be damaging to mental health.

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Articles

How to avoid the loneliness of social media

Ever felt a pang of loneliness when scrolling Instagram or immediately after you close the app for the last time at night? Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Wollongong, Roger Patulny, says there are three ways to use social media, and two of them are linked with high feelings of loneliness. Here’s how to get the balance right.

Sick of seeing news about COVID-19? There’s a reason for that.

Case numbers are rising, and we are finally seeing the end of daily press conferences. Eighteen months into the pandemic, you might be suffering from news fatigue.

Footballs, meat pies, kangaroos and… vaccinations?

Before an endless array of streaming services and skippable online ads, there was a time when famous advertising campaigns made their way into our everyday vernacular. From ‘got milk?’ to ‘not happy, Jan’, you couldn’t go a day without someone quoting an iconic brand slogan in casual conversation.

What it means to be an older, single woman today

These are the circumstances facing a growing number of single women aged over 65.

The rise of the influencer

The use of influencers in marketing is not a new thing.

Fifty shades of green

Celebrated for its medicinal properties but recognised as a trigger for mental illness.