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Insights Into Things is a podcast network bringing unique perspectives and deep dives into some of the every day things we deal with on a regular basis. From the trials and tribulations teenagers face, to mysteries and frustrations of today‘s technology, to perspectives on historical events and how they affect us today right down to the latest in pop culture and entertainment news. Insights Into Things offers shows that provide perspective, knowledge and insights into things that matter to you. Insights Into Things, insightful podcasts by informative hosts

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Sewell, NJ

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Insights Into Things is a podcast network bringing unique perspectives and deep dives into some of the every day things we deal with on a regular basis. From the trials and tribulations teenagers face, to mysteries and frustrations of today‘s technology, to perspectives on historical events and how they affect us today right down to the latest in pop culture and entertainment news. Insights Into Things offers shows that provide perspective, knowledge and insights into things that matter to you. Insights Into Things, insightful podcasts by informative hosts

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English

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856-345-9994


Episodes
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No Credits Rolled Episode 6: Dragon's Dogma 2 (AUDIO)

4/7/2024
In episode six of "No Credits Rolled," host Sam Whalen delves into a variety of topics, beginning with the enduring popularity of older video games. Highlighting a surprising trend, he points out that a significant portion of gaming time in 2023 was dedicated to titles that are six years old or older, with games like Fortnite, Roblox, League of Legends, Minecraft, and GTA V dominating playtime. This data suggests a challenging environment for new games to capture the attention of gamers, overshadowed by these longstanding favorites. Sam explores how these older games continue to thrive, attributing their success to constant updates, built-in player bases, and their capacity to provide short, satisfying gameplay sessions. This segment raises questions about the future of new game development in a market dominated by a few juggernauts. Transitioning from the discussion on game longevity, Sam shares his excitement and thoughts on "Dragon's Dogma 2." He offers an enthusiastic review, praising the game's immersive world and dynamic gameplay while acknowledging its technical shortcomings and the quirky, old-fashioned dialogue. Despite these flaws, Sam finds the game captivating, especially enjoying the epic moments and combat system that allows players to feel remarkably powerful and engaged. The review provides a balanced perspective, highlighting the game's potential to offer rewarding experiences to players willing to overlook its imperfections. Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/NoCreditsRolled Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/00va6YeE4smOzSX5P9zTxf Apple Podcasts: https://feeds.buzzsprout.com/2290031.rss Support the show

Duration:00:49:33

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No Credits Rolled Episode 6: Dragon's Dogma 2 (VIDEO)

4/7/2024
In episode six of "No Credits Rolled," host Sam Whalen delves into a variety of topics, beginning with the enduring popularity of older video games. Highlighting a surprising trend, he points out that a significant portion of gaming time in 2023 was dedicated to titles that are six years old or older, with games like Fortnite, Roblox, League of Legends, Minecraft, and GTA V dominating playtime. This data suggests a challenging environment for new games to capture the attention of gamers, overshadowed by these longstanding favorites. Sam explores how these older games continue to thrive, attributing their success to constant updates, built-in player bases, and their capacity to provide short, satisfying gameplay sessions. This segment raises questions about the future of new game development in a market dominated by a few juggernauts. Transitioning from the discussion on game longevity, Sam shares his excitement and thoughts on "Dragon's Dogma 2." He offers an enthusiastic review, praising the game's immersive world and dynamic gameplay while acknowledging its technical shortcomings and the quirky, old-fashioned dialogue. Despite these flaws, Sam finds the game captivating, especially enjoying the epic moments and combat system that allows players to feel remarkably powerful and engaged. The review provides a balanced perspective, highlighting the game's potential to offer rewarding experiences to players willing to overlook its imperfections. Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/NoCreditsRolled Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/00va6YeE4smOzSX5P9zTxf Apple Podcasts: https://feeds.buzzsprout.com/2290031.rss Support the show

Duration:00:49:33

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Insights Into Teens: Episode 188 "Teen Isolation" (AUDIO)

4/6/2024
As the corridors of high school fall silent after the final bell, the hushed sound of solitude becomes the hidden chorus of adolescence. My co-host Madison Whalen and I navigate the silent storm of teenage isolation, probing the depths of self-imposed solitude and its profound effects on young minds and bodies. We unravel the tangled emotions behind the intense fear of social rejection, likening it to the sting of physical pain, and shine a light on the crucial role of parents in fostering healthy, real-world connections for their teens. Adolescents today are treading the tightrope between digital comfort zones and the uncharted waters of in-person socialization. We reflect on our own post-pandemic social anxieties and the peculiar sense of crowd-induced claustrophobia. Madison and I dissect the allure and limitations of social media havens, and the delicate dance between nurturing online friendships and breaking out of their confines to expand social circles in the flesh. In the final beats of our episode, we scrutinize the shifting dynamics of teenage social life in an increasingly digital world, leaning on insights from the Pew Research Center and a CNN study to highlight the decline of face-to-face interactions. We share personal anecdotes and ponder strategies to reel back from avoidance behavior that feeds isolation. Wrapping up, we steer you towards our various online platforms, where you can continue the conversation and dive into our extended podcast family, Insights into Entertainment and Insights Into Tomorrow. With a heartfelt goodbye, we invite you to explore our books and join us again as we seek to understand and aid the solitary hearts of today's youth.

Duration:00:49:39

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Insights Into Teens: Episode 188 "Teen Isolation" (VIDEO)

4/6/2024
As the corridors of high school fall silent after the final bell, the hushed sound of solitude becomes the hidden chorus of adolescence. My co-host Madison Whalen and I navigate the silent storm of teenage isolation, probing the depths of self-imposed solitude and its profound effects on young minds and bodies. We unravel the tangled emotions behind the intense fear of social rejection, likening it to the sting of physical pain, and shine a light on the crucial role of parents in fostering healthy, real-world connections for their teens. Adolescents today are treading the tightrope between digital comfort zones and the uncharted waters of in-person socialization. We reflect on our own post-pandemic social anxieties and the peculiar sense of crowd-induced claustrophobia. Madison and I dissect the allure and limitations of social media havens, and the delicate dance between nurturing online friendships and breaking out of their confines to expand social circles in the flesh. In the final beats of our episode, we scrutinize the shifting dynamics of teenage social life in an increasingly digital world, leaning on insights from the Pew Research Center and a CNN study to highlight the decline of face-to-face interactions. We share personal anecdotes and ponder strategies to reel back from avoidance behavior that feeds isolation. Wrapping up, we steer you towards our various online platforms, where you can continue the conversation and dive into our extended podcast family, Insights into Entertainment and Insights Into Tomorrow. With a heartfelt goodbye, we invite you to explore our books and join us again as we seek to understand and aid the solitary hearts of today's youth.

Duration:00:49:39

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Insights Into Teens: Episode 187 "The Importance of Being Challenged" (AUDIO)

3/29/2024
Ever wonder what's going on inside the mind of a teenager as they toggle between safety and thrill-seeking? Unlock the mysteries of adolescent development in our latest episode, where we dissect the compelling allure of challenges and risks for growing teens. Together with experts in psychology and teen behavior, we share insights into how these experiences are not just acts of rebellion, but crucial steps toward maturity. Join us for a heart-to-heart on personal growth as we reflect on personal anecdotes and the surprising benefits of well-chosen challenges. From the satisfaction of creating art to the continuous learning within the tech industry, we reveal how facing the right kind of challenges can lead to lower rates of depression and foster fulfillment. Learn how to guide teenagers in embracing these opportunities for growth, steering them away from unhealthy risks and towards constructive endeavors. Finally, we tackle the tough topic of unhealthy teen challenges and how parents can play a pivotal role in navigating this terrain. Discover effective strategies to channel your teen's energy into positive experiences, from outdoor adventures to creative arts, and understand the impact of parental support on their journey. This episode offers a heartfelt guide for anyone looking to help teens emerge as well-rounded, confident adults, while also shedding light on the value of challenges in our own lives.

Duration:00:59:54

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Insights Into Teens: Episode 187 "The Importance of Being Challenged" (VIDEO)

3/29/2024
Ever wonder what's going on inside the mind of a teenager as they toggle between safety and thrill-seeking? Unlock the mysteries of adolescent development in our latest episode, where we dissect the compelling allure of challenges and risks for growing teens. Together with experts in psychology and teen behavior, we share insights into how these experiences are not just acts of rebellion, but crucial steps toward maturity. Join us for a heart-to-heart on personal growth as we reflect on personal anecdotes and the surprising benefits of well-chosen challenges. From the satisfaction of creating art to the continuous learning within the tech industry, we reveal how facing the right kind of challenges can lead to lower rates of depression and foster fulfillment. Learn how to guide teenagers in embracing these opportunities for growth, steering them away from unhealthy risks and towards constructive endeavors. Finally, we tackle the tough topic of unhealthy teen challenges and how parents can play a pivotal role in navigating this terrain. Discover effective strategies to channel your teen's energy into positive experiences, from outdoor adventures to creative arts, and understand the impact of parental support on their journey. This episode offers a heartfelt guide for anyone looking to help teens emerge as well-rounded, confident adults, while also shedding light on the value of challenges in our own lives.

Duration:00:59:54

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No Credits Rolled Episode 5: Helldivers 2 and Baldur's Gate 3 (AUDIO)

3/23/2024
In this episode of "No Credits Rolled," Sam celebrates the podcast reaching its fifth episode by doing something special. He brings on his friend Joe, a nurse and a regular listener of the show, to discuss two of their favorite games. The first game they dive into is "Hell Divers 2," a multiplayer shooter that has gained popularity for its intense gameplay and cooperative play style. Sam and Joe praise its design, which encourages team play and strategy, likening its theme and mechanics to the movie "Starship Troopers." They also discuss the community aspect of the game and how it incorporates player actions into a larger narrative of liberating planets. The second game they talk about is "Baldur's Gate 3," which both consider a contender for the best game ever made. They delve into its deep RPG elements, character customization, and how choices significantly impact the game's world and narrative. The discussion highlights the game's complex story, voice acting, and the ways it innovates within the RPG genre.

Duration:00:41:41

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No Credits Rolled Episode 5: Helldivers 2 and Baldur's Gate 3 (VIDEO)

3/23/2024
In this episode of "No Credits Rolled," Sam celebrates the podcast reaching its fifth episode by doing something special. He brings on his friend Joe, a nurse and a regular listener of the show, to discuss two of their favorite games. The first game they dive into is "Hell Divers 2," a multiplayer shooter that has gained popularity for its intense gameplay and cooperative play style. Sam and Joe praise its design, which encourages team play and strategy, likening its theme and mechanics to the movie "Starship Troopers." They also discuss the community aspect of the game and how it incorporates player actions into a larger narrative of liberating planets. The second game they talk about is "Baldur's Gate 3," which both consider a contender for the best game ever made. They delve into its deep RPG elements, character customization, and how choices significantly impact the game's world and narrative. The discussion highlights the game's complex story, voice acting, and the ways it innovates within the RPG genre.

Duration:00:41:41

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Insights Into Teens Episode 186: "Boundaries Matter" (AUDIO)

3/14/2024
Discovering the right balance of personal boundaries can be a daunting journey, one that my daughter Madison and I know all too well. As we reunite in this episode of Insights Into Teens, we delve into the intricate world of boundaries—those unseen yet pivotal lines that protect our well-being. We navigate through the emotional landscapes of adolescents, discussing how vital it is to establish physical, emotional, and mental boundaries while also recognizing the challenges and profound impact relational trauma can have on their formation. Our candid conversation serves as a guide for young individuals striving to reclaim their power in setting boundaries and the necessity of building relationships founded on mutual respect and understanding. Our personal experiences become the canvas as we paint the picture of struggles with boundaries that are either too permeable or overly rigid. I recount times when my own defenses were so weak that I became susceptible to external influences, as well as moments when fortifying my walls too fiercely led to isolation. Madison and I reflect on the dangers of creating impenetrable boundaries, which may result in disconnection and hinder genuine human connections. We stress the significance of maneuvering the delicate balance between allowing ourselves to be vulnerable to meaningful experiences while also guarding against potential risks, recognizing that it is an ongoing process with room for improvement.

Duration:00:50:05

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Insights Into Teens Episode 186: "Boundaries Matter" (VIDEO)

3/14/2024
Discovering the right balance of personal boundaries can be a daunting journey, one that my daughter Madison and I know all too well. As we reunite in this episode of Insights Into Teens, we delve into the intricate world of boundaries—those unseen yet pivotal lines that protect our well-being. We navigate through the emotional landscapes of adolescents, discussing how vital it is to establish physical, emotional, and mental boundaries while also recognizing the challenges and profound impact relational trauma can have on their formation. Our candid conversation serves as a guide for young individuals striving to reclaim their power in setting boundaries and the necessity of building relationships founded on mutual respect and understanding. Our personal experiences become the canvas as we paint the picture of struggles with boundaries that are either too permeable or overly rigid. I recount times when my own defenses were so weak that I became susceptible to external influences, as well as moments when fortifying my walls too fiercely led to isolation. Madison and I reflect on the dangers of creating impenetrable boundaries, which may result in disconnection and hinder genuine human connections. We stress the significance of maneuvering the delicate balance between allowing ourselves to be vulnerable to meaningful experiences while also guarding against potential risks, recognizing that it is an ongoing process with room for improvement. An original podcast by a husband and wife team of self professed pop-culture geeks. It is a discussion about all things entertainment from movies and music to television and pop culture. We examine some of the more obscure aspects of the entertainment industry.

Duration:00:50:05

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No Credits Rolled Episode 4: What are Nintendo, Xbox, and Playstation Planning for 2024? (AUDIO)

3/9/2024
In Episode Four of "No Credits Rolled," host Sam Whalen explores the future plans of major console manufacturers for 2024, with a special focus on the much-anticipated Nintendo Switch successor, rumored to be the "Super Switch." Sam discusses the current success of the Switch and speculates on Nintendo's strategy of maintaining silence on the next-gen console, highlighting the company's unique position in the console market. The episode also delves into Xbox's strategy of extending its game titles to PS5 and Nintendo Switch as a means to stay relevant against PlayStation's dominance, underscored by its strong lineup of first-party games. Additionally, Sam shares his personal gaming experiences with reviews of Tekken 8 and Final Fantasy VII Remake. He praises Tekken 8 for its entertaining gameplay and distinctive style, and offers insights into his newfound appreciation for Final Fantasy VII Remake, emphasizing the visual upgrades and accessible combat mechanics. The episode invites listeners to engage by sharing their gaming anticipations for 2024 and concludes with an overview of upcoming game releases, reinforcing the podcast's focus on gaming news, reviews, and the community's diverse interests.

Duration:00:42:17

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No Credits Rolled Episode 4: What are Nintendo, Xbox, and Playstation Planning for 2024? (VIDEO)

3/9/2024
In Episode Four of "No Credits Rolled," host Sam Whalen explores the future plans of major console manufacturers for 2024, with a special focus on the much-anticipated Nintendo Switch successor, rumored to be the "Super Switch." Sam discusses the current success of the Switch and speculates on Nintendo's strategy of maintaining silence on the next-gen console, highlighting the company's unique position in the console market. The episode also delves into Xbox's strategy of extending its game titles to PS5 and Nintendo Switch as a means to stay relevant against PlayStation's dominance, underscored by its strong lineup of first-party games. Additionally, Sam shares his personal gaming experiences with reviews of Tekken 8 and Final Fantasy VII Remake. He praises Tekken 8 for its entertaining gameplay and distinctive style, and offers insights into his newfound appreciation for Final Fantasy VII Remake, emphasizing the visual upgrades and accessible combat mechanics. The episode invites listeners to engage by sharing their gaming anticipations for 2024 and concludes with an overview of upcoming game releases, reinforcing the podcast's focus on gaming news, reviews, and the community's diverse interests.

Duration:00:42:17

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No Credits Rolled Episode 3: Disney Invests in Epic, Are Live Service Games Sustainable? (VIDEO)

3/9/2024
In episode three of "No Credits Rolled," host Sam Whalen dives into the evolving landscape of the gaming world, offering listeners a unique blend of news, reviews, and personal gaming experiences. This episode highlights Disney's groundbreaking investment in Epic Games, setting the stage for an expansive universe within Fortnite that promises to blend beloved characters and stories from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, and more into an interactive gaming experience. Sam shares his enthusiasm for Fortnite and speculates on the implications of Disney's move into the gaming industry. The discussion shifts to the trend of live service games, as Sam explores the potential and challenges of this model, citing examples and offering insights into the future of gaming. He reflects on how these games maintain player engagement and the impact on game development and industry trends.

Duration:00:43:03

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No Credits Rolled Episode 3: Disney Invests in Epic, Are Live Service Games Sustainable? (AUDIO)

3/9/2024
In episode three of "No Credits Rolled," host Sam Whalen dives into the evolving landscape of the gaming world, offering listeners a unique blend of news, reviews, and personal gaming experiences. This episode highlights Disney's groundbreaking investment in Epic Games, setting the stage for an expansive universe within Fortnite that promises to blend beloved characters and stories from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, and more into an interactive gaming experience. Sam shares his enthusiasm for Fortnite and speculates on the implications of Disney's move into the gaming industry. The discussion shifts to the trend of live service games, as Sam explores the potential and challenges of this model, citing examples and offering insights into the future of gaming. He reflects on how these games maintain player engagement and the impact on game development and industry trends.

Duration:00:43:11

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No Credits Rolled Episode 2: Exploring Xbox's 2024 Lineup and More (AUDIO)

1/29/2024
Dive into the electrifying world of gaming with Sam Whalen in Episode Two of "No Credits Rolled." This episode offers a treasure trove of insights into the latest and greatest in the gaming universe, starting with a deep dive into the Xbox Developer Direct for 2024. Sam expertly navigates through the showcase, highlighting the strategic moves by Microsoft as they unveil a lineup of five enthralling games. From a highly anticipated sequel to a beloved classic to innovative new titles, the episode is a journey through diverse gaming genres, ensuring there's something captivating for every type of gamer. Sam delves into detailed reviews of the games he's been playing. He shares his obsession with "Pal World," a game that transcends its 'Pokémon with guns' description, offering a unique blend of survival, crafting, and monster-catching elements. Sam also discusses his experiences with "Alan Wake 2," praising its atmospheric and intense gameplay, and "The Last of Us Part Two Remaster," focusing on its riveting combat and new rogue-like mode. Join Sam on this exciting podcast as he explores these digital worlds, providing listeners with both a critical perspective and a gamer's passion.

Duration:00:38:26

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No Credits Rolled Episode 2: Exploring Xbox's 2024 Lineup and More (VIDEO)

1/29/2024
Dive into the electrifying world of gaming with Sam Whalen in Episode Two of "No Credits Rolled." This episode offers a treasure trove of insights into the latest and greatest in the gaming universe, starting with a deep dive into the Xbox Developer Direct for 2024. Sam expertly navigates through the showcase, highlighting the strategic moves by Microsoft as they unveil a lineup of five enthralling games. From a highly anticipated sequel to a beloved classic to innovative new titles, the episode is a journey through diverse gaming genres, ensuring there's something captivating for every type of gamer. Sam delves into detailed reviews of the games he's been playing. He shares his obsession with "Pal World," a game that transcends its 'Pokémon with guns' description, offering a unique blend of survival, crafting, and monster-catching elements. Sam also discusses his experiences with "Alan Wake 2," praising its atmospheric and intense gameplay, and "The Last of Us Part Two Remaster," focusing on its riveting combat and new rogue-like mode. Join Sam on this exciting podcast as he explores these digital worlds, providing listeners with both a critical perspective and a gamer's passion.

Duration:00:38:26

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No Credits Rolled Episode 1: Exploring the Game Awards (AUDIO)

1/29/2024
The inaugural episode of the podcast "No Credits Rolled" is a unique foray into the realm of video games, focusing on titles that players often start but rarely complete. The episode offers more than just game reviews; it delves into the intricacies of the gaming world, with a special emphasis on the Game Awards. We provide in-depth analysis and personal views on various Game of the Year nominees, including high-profile games like "Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom," "Marvel's Spider-Man 2," and "Baldur's Gate 3." This commentary is not merely a rundown of the games but a detailed critique mixed with a touch of humor, reflecting the host's deep passion and knowledge of gaming. The podcast doesn't limit itself to well-known titles. True to its name, "No Credits Rolled" also explores less-finished games such as "Party Animals," "Halo Infinite Multiplayer," and "Remnant 2 from the Ashes." This exploration provides listeners with insights into a broader spectrum of the gaming landscape.

Duration:00:45:40

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No Credits Rolled Episode 1: Exploring the Game Awards (VIDEO)

1/29/2024
The inaugural episode of the podcast "No Credits Rolled" is a unique foray into the realm of video games, focusing on titles that players often start but rarely complete. The episode offers more than just game reviews; it delves into the intricacies of the gaming world, with a special emphasis on the Game Awards. We provide in-depth analysis and personal views on various Game of the Year nominees, including high-profile games like "Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom," "Marvel's Spider-Man 2," and "Baldur's Gate 3." This commentary is not merely a rundown of the games but a detailed critique mixed with a touch of humor, reflecting the host's deep passion and knowledge of gaming. The podcast doesn't limit itself to well-known titles. True to its name, "No Credits Rolled" also explores less-finished games such as "Party Animals," "Halo Infinite Multiplayer," and "Remnant 2 from the Ashes." This exploration provides listeners with insights into a broader spectrum of the gaming landscape.

Duration:00:45:40

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Insights Into Teens: Episode 185 ”Toxic Positivity” (AUDIO)

12/10/2023
Positivity: a beacon of hope or a burden in disguise?" Get ready for a captivating journey as we, Joseph and Madison Whalen, untangle the complex web of 'toxic positivity' and its implications on teenagers' emotional health. Understanding the emotional landscape of teenagers is a nuanced affair and we're here to show you why. We share personal anecdotes and profound insights that shed light on the harmful effects of suppressing emotions and the importance of emotional agility. Emotions are the language of our inner world, they provide us with invaluable insights into our needs and values. But what happens when we categorize them as 'negative' or 'positive'? We challenge this oversimplification and show you how engaging with a broad spectrum of emotions can nourish self-awareness and bolster effective communication. We promise you an enlightening discussion that will change the way you perceive emotions. As we navigate through the treacherous realm of toxic positivity, we bring to light the therapeutic power of art and the role of supportive social circles in managing complex emotions. We share the perils of toxic positivity and emphasize the importance of art, music, and dance in processing intense emotions in a nonverbal way. Our aim is to equip teenagers with the right tools to traverse their emotional landscapes with resilience and authenticity. Join us for this riveting discussion - you don't want to miss it!

Duration:00:56:31

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Insights Into Teens: Episode 184 ”Helping Teens Avoid FOMO” (AUDIO)

12/2/2023
Ever wondered why you feel an undeniable pull to check social media, only to feel unsatisfied, disconnected, and like you're missing out? Our teenage years are already full of challenges, and this digital age has added a whole new layer of complexity. Join us, Joseph and Madison Whalen, as we strip back the glossy veneer of social media and dive into the phenomenon of FOMO, or the fear of missing out, which is having a profound impact on teenagers today. Not only do we share the unsettling ways FOMO influences teens' mental health, causing anxiety, depression, and disrupted sleep patterns, but we also guide you through strategies to fight it. From limiting social media usage to maintaining a gratitude journal, volunteering, spending time outdoors, and seeking professional help when needed, we reveal tools that could potentially help teens navigate these treacherous waters. The digital world is here to stay, but with awareness and action, we can help our teens turn the tide on FOMO and steer towards healthier, happier lives. Tune in to explore this critical issue and gain some valuable insights.

Duration:00:46:57