News & Events
By: Heidi Schrumpf, JD, PhD
Behavioral Health Manager and Psychologist, Kaiser Permanente
It is no secret that technology, social media, and various apps are dominant forces in our daily lives. They’ve brought many added values: connecting friends across distances, low-cost entertainment, increased access to education, platforms for advocacy, and streamlining businesses and products to name a few. However, these benefits have not come without costs. Since the invention of social media, teen suicides have drastically increased. Nonstop and immediate access to others plays a role in increased stress and burn out. Many would say despite increased communication, it has decreased the general human connection, empathy, and experience. As with all things, balance with technology is key.
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Nearly everyone has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. But some communities, particularly those of color, have been impacted more than others. We can help you learn more about why some communities are more affected by COVID-19 and how you can deal with pressure to attend social gatherings. Listen to Kaiser Permanente physicians discuss important issues that impact the Latinx and African American communities. Learn more.