Porn use is up, thanks to the pandemic

Online pornography is one business that's booming during the coronavirus pandemic. A psychology researcher explains its pull and whether there are likely to be longer-term effects of this surge in use.

Joshua B. Grubbs, Assistant Professor of Psychology, Bowling Green State University • conversation
April 8, 2020 ~8 min

 psychology  pornography  social-distancing  social-distancing-and-coronavirus  boredom  psychology-research  sexual-dysfunction  pornhub  online-porn

Stuck at home with your partner? Look to retirees for how to make it work

Cooped up with a partner and nowhere to go to break it up? Coronavirus social distancing... or another day in retirement? Research on older couples holds tips for everyone else on how to deal.

Anne Fishel, Associate Clinical Professor of Psychology, Harvard Medical School • conversation
April 6, 2020 ~7 min

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Should we wear masks or not? An expert sorts through the confusion

The CDC is reconsidering its policy about the widespread public's use of masks, as is the World Health Organization. Here are the facts about when it's appropriate to wear a mask – and what kind.

Thomas Perls, Professor of Medicine, Boston University • conversation
April 1, 2020 ~8 min

 covid-19  coronavirus  social-distancing-and-coronavirus  contamination  aerosols  masks

Social distancing: 6 ways to help older adults change their routines

Some older adults are struggling to practise social distancing during the global pandemic, even though they're at high risk. Here's how to help them.

Victoria Atabakhsh, Doctorate student in Aging, Health and Well-Being/RLS, University of Waterloo • conversation
March 20, 2020 ~6 min

 covid-19  coronavirus  elderly  social-distancing  seniors  older-adults  social-distancing-and-coronavirus

Coronavirus: Social distancing is delaying vital scientific research

With travel halted and universities and research institutions shutting down, scientists are having trouble keeping their research running. Here's why that matters outside the lab.

Chris Impey, University Distinguished Professor of Astronomy, University of Arizona • conversation
March 18, 2020 ~7 min

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The digital divide leaves millions at a disadvantage during the coronavirus pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic is forcing people to study and work online. It's also sparked a need for news and information. That's a challenge for the 24 million Americans who lack broadband internet access.

Gregory Porumbescu, Assistant Professor at the School of Public Affairs and Administration, Rutgers University Newark • conversation
March 18, 2020 ~3 min

 poverty  covid-19  coronavirus  inequality  internet  pandemic  social-distancing  telecommuting  social-distancing-and-coronavirus  broadband  online-education  digital-divide  socioeconomics  fcc

Social distancing comes with social side effects – here's how to stay connected

Physically isolating yourself can feel psychologically isolating too. But there are ways to maintain connections in these crazy coronavirus times.

Adam Kuczynski, PhD Student, Department of Psychology, University of Washington • conversation
March 16, 2020 ~9 min

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Coronavirus: the UK approach explained

Expert advice is divided on the best way to tackle COVID-19.

Tom Solomon, Director of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Health Protection Research Unit in Emerging and Zoonotic Infections, and Professor of Neurology, Institute of Infection and Global Health, University of Liverpool • conversation
March 16, 2020 ~7 min

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