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Want to Build Better Friendships? Stop Speedrunning ‘Gone Home’

Summer Games Done Quick has begun, but there’s a glaring exception on its speedrunning schedule: Gone Home. No? Nothing appealing about slamming through an emotional, narrative-focused game in 2 minutes or less? In our latest for Geek & Sundry, author Daniel Wendler argues that the way we relate to other people is often an awful […]

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How a Crisis Line Taught One Volunteer How to Listen

For all the time we spend listening in our lives, we don’t tend to be particularly good at it. We’ve devoted whole articles to the skill of listening, and they barely scratch the surface. That’s why this TEDXCalStateLA talk is so valuable. Dylan Gunaratne is a student, a volunteer with the National Alliance on Mental […]

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Designing Games for Friendship

I don’t ask a lot of my online games. If I can play without anyone actively trying to ruin my day, it’s a pretty good fit. But when looking at the social environments we play in, minimal toxicity is a pretty low bar. Socially speaking, online games have the potential to be more than just […]

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Helping Friends With Empathy Over Sympathy

The Power of Empathy from Gobblynne on Vimeo. A few months back, Doctor B wrote about the challenge of helping friends who are depressed for Geek & Sundry. He highlighted the importance of connecting and trying to understand without trying to solve someone’s problems. That’s what Dr. Brené Brown talks about in this segment of […]

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What’s an Online Friendship Really Worth?

Online or off, our friendships matter — but how do you weigh them? Is an online friendship as good as an IRL friendship? Do they provide the same benefits? In our latest at Geek & Sundry, therapist Chelsea Hughes breaks the differences between those two very different types of friendships down to the neurological level. […]

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Turn Away from Isolation for February’s Habitica Challenge

For many of us, January was a tough month — and February’s off to a challenging start. It’s important that we do all we can to care for ourselves, but it’s just as important we care for each other. That’s what February’s Habitica challenge is all about. Notice Me Senpai! asks us to set aside […]

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Today’s a Good Day to Talk About Mental Health

Opening up about our mental health issues can have a big impact — it lets others know they aren’t alone, and the value of that can’t be measured. Thanks to Bell, a Canadian telecom, opening up about mental health today can also help raise funds for mental health initiatives. January 25th is Bell Let’s Talk […]

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I Have Friends in Many Worlds

I’ve had the chance to see technology change our world twice in the three decades since I was born. I am a child of the Nineties, that time when the internet was the Internet, Geocities and Tripod ruled, and home computers were just becoming a staple of life. I remember dial-up modems, and my mom […]

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Don’t Miss This Comic About the Strength We Gain From Each Other

https://downtongaby.tumblr.com/post/153492942199/my-dads-had-a-really-rough-time-dealing-with-his Illustrator Gabriela Epstein recently published this beautiful comic about family, depression, and the importance of helping each other. You can see more of her work on her Tumblr.

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This Popular Instagrammer Became a PSA for Alcohol-Use Disorders

📕 Reading 📕 #latergram A photo posted by Louise Delage (@louise.delage) on Aug 15, 2016 at 3:03am PDT Louise Delage is the perfect Instagrammer — she’s pretty, adventurous, and ridiculously photogenic. Since her profile opened in August of this year, she’s gathered thousands of followers. Her photos picked up tens of thousands of likes as […]

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