I've been off my weekend links game lately. I have a completely new schedule (i.e. I'm not sitting at home five days a week anymore), which has made weekends sneak up on me. Anyway, here are the most interesting things I have read on the internet the past few weeks!
The Parks Where You're Most Likely To Be Killed by a Bear // Good to know that the park that is pretty much in my backyard (Chugach State Park) is number four on the list BUT Alaska is number one on the list for bear attacks. I didn't need a news article to tell me this, but at least I know that my fears are valid. I am terrified of bears, but I don't let that stop me from getting outside. I'm probably more likely to get run over by a car than eaten by a bear.
Contraceptives Tied to Depression Risk // I already ranted about this on Facebook. But I'm going to say something about it here too because I found this published in the New York Times as well and I'm disappointed. This study, while huge, is not particularly significant. It basically shows that women aged 15-34 are 1-2 times more likely to use antidepressants and/or be given a first-time diagnosis of depression. What it does not address is the staggering rates of depression among women this age regardless. According to the CDC about 10% of women ages 18-44 have experienced symptoms of depression in the last 12 months. While I agree that it's important to be aware of the potential for the link between hormonal contraception and depression I absolutely do not think that the risk is a good reason not to use it. An unintended pregnancy is not a good alternative to feeling depressed.
This School Replaced Detention With Meditation // I hope that more schools are able to do what this one has. Putting kids in detention doesn't seem like a productive use of time. This approach seems to aim more towards getting to the bottom of why they are being disruptive and helping them develop skills to get them back on track and back to learning.
Teaching kids to spot BS claims // This makes me SO HAPPY!! One of the most valuable skills I learned in nursing school was how to understand a scientific study. This also translates to reading random posts on the internet and gives me the ability to understand if they are reliable or complete BS (spoiler alert: most of them are BS). It would be amazing if there were more people in the world outside of the medical field who were able to do this!
The Unexpected Ways Sleep Deprivation Makes Life Tougher // You all know how important I think sleep is. Here's just another reason why you should be getting your 8+ hours every night. If you don't, you life might actually be harder.