Hello all,

As the media continues to offer examples of social concern, and for those
who engage with youth, this month we have a few resources in relation to
social media! While they lean towards the hazards, these aren't just
another bunch of "quit social media now" pieces, but rather highlighting
the concerns, offering ways to engage responsibly, mental health resources,
and a couple of lighter materials as well.

*A TEDx Video on Healthy Use*

Bailey Parnell, then a researcher at TMU and now an entrepreneur and
speaker, talking about the risk of social media and how to use it in a
considered, healthy way.


Offline with Jon Favreau:

Jon Favreau’s podcast brings in experts on online existence, particularly
in relation to social media, and discuss all the myriad aspects of the
modern instance of the internet.


   1. How Millennials Became the Burnout Generation, by Anne Helen
   This was later turned into a full monograph, titled "Can't Even":

The article, and later monograph, about the Millennial generation (that
generation that has killed everything from diamonds to housing to oil to
casual dining…as a millennial myself, maybe we should rename ourselves to
the Midsomer generation? That's a bit of a niche joke, I know…)

   1. Canadians' Assessments of Social Media In Their Lives:

This report from Statistics Canada, released in March 2021, drwas on the
2018 Canadian Internet Use Survey as well as a number of other published
reports, and highlights both the positive and negative side effects of
social media use.

*Log Off Movement*:

This was started by a young woman who began University in the U.S. before
experiencing social media’s negative effect on her mental health. She
co-founded log off to help other teenagers and young adults engage with
social media more reflectively.

*Mental Health Resources:*

Kids Help Phone's resources to support mental health on social media:

Canadian Mental Health Association's 2-pager on using social media to
benefit your mental health:

*Finally, a bit of comedy*:

James Acaster's Guide to Quitting Social Media:

(Available in Canada from Chapters/Indigo, or your local bookstore)

This is a fictionalized, satirical look at quitting social media, where
comedian James Acaster takes his own experience with quitting social media
and melds it into a terrible persona who, to subvert the fear of missing
out (fomo) of quitting, ports all the social media dopamine-inducing
materials into real-life activities.

How to Live on 24 Hours a Day, by Arnold Bennett (from 1907):

A satirical work on what was expected of people, especially as society
transitioned to office work. The satire still has relevance today,
particularly in regards to the need to be constantly engaged with, and
self-promoting on, social media.

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Happy end of August,
Martin Chandler, on behalf of the Continuing Education Interest Group

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