Why we came together:
Mindhood came about because the college experience has shifted dramatically since the advent of the cell phone. Technology and social media overuse have taken a debilitating toll on college students and as a result:
- 40% of students report feeling so depressed it is difficult to function.
- 61% of students said they “felt overwhelming anxiety” during the year.
- 16 million students drop out of college annually, ⅓ of whom report mental health issues as the cause.
Mindhood hopes to flip the current tech-addicted culture with a proprietary texting platform and in-person digital wellness trainings focused on mindfulness. Students will receive daily, interactive texts that offer mood tracking, intention and gratitude setting, and fun, mini challenges that support in-person community building through reduction of technology use. In combination with a series of in-person mindfulness trainings, mindhood hopes to create healthier and happier college communities.
TECHNOLOGY AND HAPPINESS
Jean Twenge wrote in The Atlantic, “the arrival of the smartphone has radically changed every aspect of teenagers’ lives, from the nature of social interactions to their mental health.” She continues, “since the addition of smartphones to our lives in 2007, there is compelling evidence that the devices we’ve placed in their hands are having profound effects on their lives, making them seriously unhappy.”
In 2017, the American Journal of Epidemiology did a study to determine if social media was causing unhappiness as opposed to simply appealing to people who were already unhappy. It concluded that the causation is significant. The results are written up in the Harvard Business Review, “We found consistently that both liking others’ content and clicking links significantly predicted a subsequent reduction in self reported physical health, mental health, and life satisfaction.”