I don't know about you, but while I love the holidays, sometimes they make me feel sad. I have wonderful childhood memories of Christmas but a lot of the people who people those memories are now gone. While we do not have children, I can imagine how stressful making those perfect memories to be can be. I can also recall several Christmases I spent alone.... I have a story about one Christmas during which a rat was my only companion, which I'll tell during this social VR event; just ask me about the Christmas Rat.
Technology is a two-edged sword. On one hand, I've heard read that Facebook can be depressing! Everyone else is having a more perfect Christmas than you. (Personally, I stopped using my FB account long ago, except I need now for social VR...) Technology in the form of planes, trains, and automobiles can transport you to loved ones. Or, away from loved ones, say to a Florida beach. I imagine, I hope, that social virtual reality can be a balm. But there are also other ways in which tech can help, from entertainment for distraction to mental health apps helping de-stress to apps to diagnose depression (which is not the same as the blues).
Here are some readings! Please come to share some virtual eggnog, stories, and advice!
Why Does Depression Tend To Increase During The Holidays? https://www.forbes.com/sites/quora/2017/12/13/why-does-depression-tend-to-increase-during-the-holidays/#55dcc6224a6d
Got the holiday blues? Take a break from Facebook | CIO https://www.cio.com/article/3152706/consumer-electronics/got-the-holiday-blues-take-a-break-from-facebook.html
3 tips for fighting the holiday blues with technology https://thenextweb.com/artificial-intelligence/2017/11/12/three-tips-for-fighting-the-holiday-blues-with-technology
Depression vs The Blues https://psychcentral.com/lib/depression-versus-the-bluess
What to look for in mental well-being apps https://www.folio.ca/what-to-look-for-in-mental-well-being-apps/
Tetris: It could be the salve for a worried mind: New research suggests the video game stalwart represents “flow” – a state of blissful distraction https://news.ucr.edu/articles/2018/10/26/tetris-it-could-be-salve-worried-mind