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Summary of “How to redesign cities to fight loneliness”

You may also underestimate the effects of loneliness.
Federal MP Andrew Giles, in a recent speech, said: “I’m convinced we need to consider responding to loneliness as a responsibility of government.”
What do cities have to do with loneliness? “The way we build and organize our cities can help or hinder social connection,” reads a Grattan Institute report.
The students, using design as a research methodology, came up with potential architectural and urban responses to loneliness.
Having a pet is one of the most effective ways to tackle loneliness, but often people don’t have enough time to care for one.
Beverley Wang looked at loneliness in the aging population.
There is an utterly different kind of loneliness that accompanies the loss of a loved one.
Without claiming to solve loneliness, design can be a important tool in response to it.

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Summary of “China’s Orwellian Social Credit Score Isn’t Real – Foreign Policy”

The concept of social credit is not defined in the increasing array of national documents governing the system, but its essence is compliance with legally prescribed social and economic obligations and performing contractual commitments.
The social credit system does not itself produce scores, grades, or assessments of “Good” or “Bad” social credit.
The Chinese term for credit reporting is often translated as “Credit scoring.” However, the primary financial credit reporting system for companies and individuals overseen by the People’s Bank of China, China’s central bank, does not provide credit scores or assessments with its standard reports and does not mention “Scoring” in its definition of credit reporting.
The PBOC’s Credit Reference Center, like licensed private credit reporting agencies, does offer financial credit scores.
Widely reported private credit scoring programs launched not by credit reporting agencies but by some payment platforms such as Alibaba’s, which consider e-commerce and social media interactions as well as financial histories to determine customer scores, likely also contributed to the misconception of a social credit score.
Baihang may offer credit scoring products, but those scores, as opposed to the data on which they are based, are not part of the official social credit system yet.
Unless people are sole proprietors or company representatives, have taken a loan or credit card, violated the law, or defaulted on a court judgment, they’re unlikely to be in the social credit database.
Again, that misconception typically arises from conflating private commercial rewards programs, which do consider shopping and social behaviors in assigning their own credit scores to customers who opt in to the program, with the government-sponsored social credit system.

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Summary of “Limiting social media use reduced loneliness and depression in new experiment – TechCrunch”

To be clear on the terminology here, a simple survey might ask people to self-report that using Instagram makes them feel bad. A correlative study would, for example, find that people who report more social media use are more likely to also experience depression.
One hundred and forty-three students from the school were monitored for three weeks after being assigned to either limit their social media use to about 10 minutes per app per day or continue using it as they normally would.
Social media usage was monitored via the iOS battery use screen, which shows app use.
Our findings strongly suggest that limiting social media use to approximately 30 minutes per day may lead to significant improvement in well-being.
Some scores did not see improvement, such as self-esteem and social support.
That said, it’s a straightforward causal link between limiting social media use and improving some aspects of emotional and social health.
Some of the existing literature on social media suggests there’s an enormous amount of social comparison that happens.
A more diverse population or including more social media platforms.

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Summary of “I Ran 4 Experiments to Break My Social Media Addiction. Here’s What Worked.”

Social media can connect us to new ideas, help us share our work, and allow previously unheard voices to influence culture.
Over the last two years, I conducted four different experiments to monitor my own behavior, implementing trackers and blockers in order to better understand how social media usage affected my productivity.
In the end, these four experiments opened my eyes about my relationship to social platforms, and taught me effective strategies to maximize the benefit of these social tools while limiting the downsides.
My social media usage clearly spiked at certain times.
The biggest insights were that social media usage dripped throughout the day drains the energy and focus I have for writing and other work, and that there’s something insidiously satisfying about pressing publish on a status update, and each time I do it, I get the dopamine hit of satisfaction and response.
My later experiments opened my eyes to the power of addition: planning ahead for dedicated social time, or a Saturday spent outdoors.
With social media, many of us want to reduce our consumption, but we miss an important piece of the puzzle: we’re craving something that we want, and we think that social media has a quick answer.
These experiments helped me realize that at the heart of my cravings around the social internet are deep connections with friends, access to new ideas and information, or time to zone out and relax after a hard day.

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