Stall Seat Journal
90% of students read some or all of the Stall Seat Journals.The Well's Health Survey, Spring 2016, n=856
Do you use the bathroom at VCU?
If so, you have probably read The Well's signature publication- The Stall Seat Journal. We go (pun intended) in 1300 bathrooms on both Monroe Park and MCV Campuses to bring you the latest information about what students at VCU are doing to stay healthy. From low-risk drinking to bystander engagement, the Stall Seat Journal is your #1 (lol) bathroom must-read.
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Special thanks to Nina Shroder from University Counseling Services for her input into the development of this edition.
- Does time spent online interfere with work or sleep?
- Do you get anxious if you don’t have your phone in your hand?
- Do you catch yourself mindlessly scrolling down your social media feed?
- Do you feel lonely, sad, frustrated or envious after reading social media posts?
- Do friends or family say your phone use interferes with togetherness?
- Rearrange the home screen. Prioritize apps that facilitate human contact, like messaging and phone or video calls. Turn off all other notifications if possible. Hide games and social media in a folder on another page to eliminate mindless use.
- Set a time to not use screens for anything but work or direct communication. Challenge friends to do the same. Or, take a phone-free walk! Being present outdoors improves stress relief, focus and creativity.
- Keep devices far away (and silenced) when you need to focus. In one study, subjects did worse on brain-powered tasks when their phones were next to them, despite being turned off.
- Get the real picture. Apps like Moment and QualityTime track your phone time each day. Most people underestimate their use by 100%, so if you think you spend 2 hours a day, it’s likely closer to 4. (For computers, try RescueTime.)
- Non-judgmentally notice your feelings while using your phone. Is it what you want to be doing? Lots of people find they’re avoiding important tasks, and aren’t even having much fun.
- In-person interaction is one of the best ways to boost positive emotion. 35% of people who check phones “constantly” say they spend less time with friends and family because of it. Next time you’re texting a friend, try asking, “Hey, can we meet for dinner?”
- Avoid screens an hour before bed. The light they emit and brainpower they demand isn’t very restful. Read a book, take a bath, listen to music, meditate or do something else relaxing!
- Ask yourself what’s important. If you won an award, what would you want it to be for? List your values and goals, and ask if phone use helps or hurts them. Less time on screens can mean more to spend where it really counts.
- Learn about mindfulness while enjoying a smoothie from Ellwood Thompson’s at COBE Connect. 12 p.m. on May 1 at the Institute for Contemporary Art. Students and staff are welcome!
- Join us April 17-19 for Research to Recovery: three days of fascinating talks on substance use and mental health in young people. Only $10 for students! Register at cobe.vcu.edu.
- COBE brings Spit for Science research to the public. Visit us at cobe.vcu.edu or VCU COBE on Facebook.
Shroder, Nina (2018). “Reboot: Examining Emotional Resilience in the Digital Age.” Classroom Presentation.
JACR, volume 2, number 2. Published online April 3, 2017. dx.doi.org/10.1086/691462
- Say SOMETHING! It’s natural to feel afraid of saying the wrong thing, but silence can look like indifference.
- Thank you for trusting me.
- I believe you. (Not “I believe you, but...”)
- This isn’t your fault.
- Listen. It’s not on you to fix it. Being a friend often means simply being there.
- Believe. Trust your friend. You don’t need to be an expert or investigator.
- Refer. To learn more, visit thewell.vcu.edu/advocacy-
- Respect. Keep it confidential and remember healing has no set timeline and looks different for everyone.
- Educate. Learn about the real impact of sexual violence on our community.
- Some disliked the anger and violence it brought into their lives. 90% of porn scenes contain at least one aggressive act. The human drive for novelty tends to lead users to search out increasingly violent and graphic selections.
- Some quit because of human trafficking and social justice abuses by the industry.
- Others were bothered by compulsive use and felt it increased performance anxiety and decreased their ability to have fulfilling sexual relationships IRL. More and more porn users are experiencing sexual challenges.
- Quitting can be hard, but communities like reddit.com/r/pornfree can help. Check out fightthenewdrug.org for more info. Quitting porn can be one of the most sex positive things people do.
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