Maya Cedro: Instagram: Surprising poll results
Instagram is one of the most popular social media platforms used today. It is a photo sharing app used greatly among Gen Z. Curious to see how this app impacts myself and others, I sent out a survey to my fellow peers at CU-Boulder.
The results were surprising. 65 out of the 75 students surveyed believe that Instagram harms mental health, yet 64 students surveyed still use the app every day. Many people within my generation understand the negative effects that social media can cause on mental health. There have been countless documentaries, books, and research published about the dangers of using such apps. So why is Gen Z continuing to use Instagram?
It’s simple: We’re addicted. Many of us have been using this app for multiple years, and don’t know life without it. The feeling of scrolling through social media for hours on end is one that my generation is all too familiar with. However, with all the negative consequences that using Instagram can bring, is sacrificing my generation’s mental health really worth this?
As hard as it may be, Gen Z needs to get clean. Instagram is harmful, and we need to try to save our mental health before it’s too late. Gen Z’s mental health is not worth an app.
David Hand: Home gyms: More benefits than expected
I was one of the millions of people who could not stand being stuck at home without being physically active. Many people started building their own home gyms to solve this problem. As it turns out, these gyms have been much more beneficial than people expected. Investing in a home gym has saved people a lot of money and time as opposed to going back to their public gyms. Not only is it cheaper to pay for a small set of home equipment, but it also helped decrease your chances of contracting the Coronavirus.
According to Inmarket’s COVID-19 Insights Center, a survey of around 50 million people claims that “purchases of fitness and sports equipment rose nearly 23% since the pandemic outbreak”. This explains how people are still working out and staying in shape even though they aren’t going to their gyms. Plus, through the internet, there are millions of different workout videos that can be accessed and used to stay in shape. However, not all of these workouts require owning a bunch of equipment. There are plenty of these online workouts that use no weight, but simply require space to move around.
Being able to work out whenever you want and not having to worry about driving to the gym is a major time saver, and one less trip to the gas station. Scholarly writer, Peter Anderson says, “I just changed into workout clothes and walked into the next room to workout. Easy”. This is a perfect example of how much easier it is to be motivated to workout at home.
People were forced to find alternatives to expensive memberships, often far away from their homes. People learned the ease of setting up a home gym, and found value in working out at home.
Paige Singer: Wildlife: Needing highway safety
As a conservation biologist for Rocky Mountain Wild, I have seen firsthand how wildlife highway crossing structures improve the safety of our roads for wildlife and humans alike. For the last five years, I have worked with a team to monitor the effectiveness of the recently built wildlife crossing structures, which includes 5 wildlife underpasses and 2 overpasses as well as wildlife exclusion fencing and escape ramps, on State Highway 9 between Silverthorne and Kremmling.
Prior to construction, wildlife-vehicle collisions accounted for 60% of all accidents reported to law enforcement. Our research shows that these structures have been successful at reducing wildlife-vehicle collisions by 90%. Moreover, we have documented nearly 113,000 successful crossings by mule deer, in addition to those made by elk, bears, mountain lions, moose, bighorn sheep, pronghorn and even river otters.
The Governor’s proposed 2021 budget, which is being considered by the Colorado legislature, includes funding and resources for the protection of wildlife corridors and improvement of highway crossings in Colorado. Pursuant to Governor Polis’s Executive Order 2019-011, it also creates a new position at Colorado Parks and Wildlife to coordinate closely with CDOT and identify opportunities for future highway crossing projects. This investment would not only improve wildlife conservation outcomes and public safety, it would also save money. Coloradans currently spend $80 million per year on wildlife-vehicle collisions. Wildlife crossing structures pay for themselves quickly through collisions avoided.
This investment would make Colorado’s a national leader in wildlife corridor conservation and provide a future where highway travel is made safer for all Coloradans and our guests.
Conservation Biologist/Habitat Connectivity Lead
Rocky Mountain Wild
David Gershon: Mass shootings: The underlying problem
There is a tendency to consider Monday’s (March 22) massacre as the deranged act of a solitary lost soul, and consequently to punish this individual person accordingly. As someone who has trained and utilized in practice a broad range of psychodynamic theories, I suggest the problem here is not his alone, but ours, as a society that has become unhinged from reality: the reality that we’re all in “this” (life) together.
The nature of the singular underlying problem is in manifestation too diverse to discuss here in three hundred words or less. However, for any one who disagrees, well, we can just wait for the next massacre, and the next, and the next, to see who’s assessing the problem correctly, before getting serious about dealing with the underlying issues that drove this particular person off the deep end.
However this is handled, it will not be he alone who suffers, or just those attached to the dead, but also the horror the rest of us who have loved ones in the community now experience as we await the next time. For I speak from experience helping others when I write that there are others “out there” on the edge, asking for help, where too little help has been available.
David Gershon, MD