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The New York Times

Zoom burnout is real, and it’s worse for women

Emily Falk of the Annenberg School for Communication said the results of a recent Stanford study, which found women scored higher than men on all types of fatigue associated with video calls, were unsurprising but that Zoom itself may not be fully responsible for burnout. “It’s correlational data, and there could be other potential variables at play here,” she said. “When we’re feeling exhausted right now, how full is our emotional or mental tank to begin with?”


WHYY (Philadelphia)

‘It’s OK to not be OK’: For clients’ mental health, and their own, therapists managed intense new demands

Ariane Thomas of the Graduate School of Education spoke about the challenges of being a mental health professional over the last year. “The stressors and the symptoms that people are experiencing are exacerbated by the pandemic, the racial unrest, the intensity of the election, and the way the election dragged on, and the fallout since the election, the attack on voting rights,” she said. “It feels like it hasn’t quite let up. And as a result, neither has the request for support.”



Amid the Derek Chauvin case, America’s fixation with televised trials is not new

PIK Professor Adrian Raine spoke about human fascination with murder, saying evolutionary forces may be a factor. “We've evolved to avoid being killed so that we can reproduce our genes. One thing that can help here is to learn as much as possible about two things—who the killer is, and why the victim was killed,” he said.


The Washington Post

COVID brought ‘manifestation’ back. But you can’t simply will your way to a better life

Thea Gallagher of the Perelman School of Medicine questioned the wellness trend of “manifestation.” “I don’t think there’s everything wrong with it,” she said. “But I also think you can’t use it as the bible for your life.”


Philadelphia Inquirer

I’m sitting at home during the pandemic. You’re going out. How to make sense of these friendships now

Lyle Ungar of the School of Engineering and Applied Science spoke about the importance of friendship to happiness.



The free speech debate about social media is broken

Research by Paul Rozin of the School of Arts & Sciences was cited. Rozin conducted an experiment in which participants labeled two identical bottles of sugar differently and then expressed reluctance to consume the contents of the one they’d labeled “sodium cyanide,” even though they knew the bottle contained sugar.