This weeks’ must-reads: A Solution for Loneliness

In my work as a behavioral designer, I come across important stories on how psychology influences our behavior. Every week, I share my round-up of the most important stories at the intersection of psychology, technology, and business. I hope you enjoy them!

How to Do What You Love (Paul Graham)
“Do what you love.” It’s not enough just to tell people that. Doing what you love is complicated.

How High School Ruined Leisure (The New York Times)
The season for school sports and activities is ending. For most high school seniors, it is in some ways, their “career”. Whatever they have done outside of school is shifting into a different gear.

A Solution for Loneliness (Scientific American) Loneliness is rampant, and it’s killing us — literally. Anywhere from one quarter to one half of Americans feel lonely a lot of the time, which puts them at risk for developing a range of physical and mental illnesses.

Kids are so over-scheduled that doctors are being told to prescribe play (Quartz) A new policy report from the American Academy of Pediatrics suggests we’d do better to pencil in big blocks of time devoted to nothing but free play.

Why We Should Stop Fetishizing Privacy (The New York Times)
Big tech companies create jobs, encourage innovation and provide valuable services free. Why would we want to break them up?

Children’s social media use has ‘trivial’ effect on happiness — study (The Guardian) Time spent on social media has only a “trivial” impact on life satisfaction among adolescents, say researchers.

Happy reading!

- Nir

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