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Life Hacks by Cardi B.

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Who needs serotonin when you’ve got Cardi B?

Last week, the Grammy winning artist, mused of her adolescence to 5.42M followers via Twitter. Wistfully she described her time growing-up as “lit” – never to be found cooped up in the house on the internet, as she feels is the case with today’s youth. When a young fan dropped in on her rant with the “D” word, claiming many suffer from depression, she had some words of wisdom.

Studies do show a correlation between the rise in smartphone use and depression amongst teens. As reported by the Child Mind Institute, “teenage and young adult users who spend the most time on Instagram, Facebook and other platforms were shown to have a substantially (from 13 to 66 percent) higher rate of reported depression than those who spent the least time.”

As Cardi astutely identified, a major factor is a lack of personal interaction face-to-face, as opposed to behind a screen.

“The less you are connected with human beings in a deep, empathic way, the less you’re really getting the benefits of a social interaction. The more superficial it is, the less likely it’s going to cause you to feel connected, which is something we all need.”

Alexandra Hamlet, PsyD, a clinical psychologist at the Child Mind Institute.

Further, our reliance on our screens to act as a window to the outside (read: curated), world causes us to compare and despair. And that addiction leads to decreased self-esteem and decreased life satisfaction.

Now that we can see Cardi clearly missed her calling as a therapist, I’m down for her diagnosis. Behold below:

Ya tu sabes.

Jessica Hoppe

Jessica Hoppe is a New York-based writer and social media strategist who founded her blog, Nueva Yorka, in 2015. She has been featured in Vogue, Yahoo, HuffPost, PopSugar, Who What Wear, Ravishly and worked as Lifestyle Editor for StyleCaster. Jessica has been passionate about writing, diversity and Latin American culture from an early age. Having grown up in a Spanish speaking home, her father is Ecuadorian and her mother is from Honduras.

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