Why are thirtysomethings lonely? Because society doesnt value friendship | Arwa Mahdawi

Social media has been made the scapegoat for millennials reporting loneliness, but the cultural primacy in adulthood of career and family has much to answer for, writes Arwa Mahdawi Millennials arent just the poorest generation; they are also the loneliest. According to data from YouGov, while digital habits undoubtedly affect mental health, research hasnt provided conclusive answers regarding the relationship between the two. When it comes to loneliness, I have a feeling that the culprit isnt so much technology as the fact that many millennials are in their 30s, which is a natural time for friendship dynamics to change: people start focusing on advancing their careers and building families rather than socialising with pals. It feels as if we are …

Kit Harington and Tabloids Toxic Obsession With Celebrity Mental Health

When it comes to reprehensible celebrity mental health coverage, the media has more than earned its reputation. From sensationalized write-ups of rehab trips and breakdowns to derisive headlines and invasive tactics, theres a long history of tabloid malfeasance. Worse, articles that poke fun at people who are seemingly in crisis, reinforcing pre-existing stigmas in the process, can have serious consequences. Britney Spears is an oft-referenced example of the horrors of a parasitic press. As a recent profile of Amanda Bynes referenced the countless headlines over the years that attempted to put a psychological label to [Bynes] behavior, with the The Guardians Britney Spears article went on to juxtapose those nightmarish scenes from the early aughts with responses to recent reports …