This week’s interesting links…

Image c/o Sander Spolspoel.

Why You Should Take a Week-Long Break From All Screens. Commetary on research conducted with preteens to see if a lack of access to screens had any impact on their behaviour. The researchers concluded that time away from screens “may improve comprehension of nonverbal emotional cues” (you can read the full paper here). However, as Ian Wells points out, the research may not actually indicate what the researchers seem to conclude. It’s a good example of the importance of reading any piece of research (or indeed any written work) with a critical eye. Sometimes the full picture doesn’t quite match the conclusions that are drawn. (PsyBlog)

Mental health stigma hasn’t gone away. Pete Etchells, lecturer in biological psychology at Bath Spa University (you can find him on Twitter here), writes from a personal perspective about mental health stigma and the importance of understanding the differences between its many forms. (The Guardian)

Social Media and the ‘Spiral of Silence’. A report released by Pew Research, renowned in the US for their data and analysis of internet usage across the country, suggests that people shy away from discussing “controversial” topics on social media, preferring to talk to someone in person, particularly in terms of the Snowden revelations. (Pew Research)

Will digitisation destroy libraries or make us stronger? Article by Simon Chaplin, head of the Wellcome Library, on digitisation projects in libraries. The answer to the question is, of course, that it will make libraries stronger! (The Guardian)

Malorie Blackman faces racist abuse after call to diversify children’s books. Appalling story of the racist abuse suffered by children’s laureate and passionate supporter of public libraries, Malorie Blackman following a piece on Sky News. The abuse was apparently sparked by inaccurate reporting of Blackman’s comments on Sky and a misleading headline on their website (see the tweets here). Needless to say, as well as the depressing and horrific racial abuse, this story highlights the importance of treating anything written in the media with extreme caution. Be sure to cast a critical eye over anything you read in the media, the truth of a story is rarely as it appears. (The Guardian)

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