Notes on a Nervous Planet 1

What’s in it for me? Build your very own twenty-first-century survival kit.

Have you ever gotten into an argument online that left you in a red-hot rage? Do you repeatedly pick up your phone to check your notifications, seconds after you already checked? Do you feel the urge to look at your phone right now?  Instant-communication technology rules our modern life and seems designed to stress us out. That’s because news channels, social-media companies and advertisers know that the most effective way to keep us clicking, sharing and consuming is to keep us attached and anxious. From climate change to fake news to thigh gaps, it seems there’s never been more to worry about. As a result, stress, depression, anxiety, eating disorders and other mental illnesses have been on the rise across the globe. Is it possible to exist in a world of instant communication and 24-hour news cycles without losing our minds? How can we stay happy and healthy in this chaotic digital landscape? You’ll find the answers to these questions, among others, in these readims.  Along the way, you’ll also discover how companies profit from your unhappiness; why aging is nothing to worry about; and  which small habits can improve your relationship with your phone.

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