MoMo Is the New FoMo and It Will Give You a Panic Attack

First there was YOLO, the battle-cry of teens everywhere as they demanded other people hold their beers and "watch this, bro." Then there was FoMo (Fear of Missing Out), an existential angst that reminded all of us that we were missing out on everything and that death is both cold and inevitable. And now, just in case… » 7/22/14 6:45pm Today 6:45pm

Sexting Is the Panic du Jour, but Are Teens Really Having More Sex?

If there's one thing grown-ups know about kids, it's AAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHH OH MY GOD OH MY GOD OH MY GOD WHAT ARE THE KIDS DOING I DON'T KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT KIIIIIIIIIIDS!!!!!!!!! When media sensationalism meets natural parental anxiety, we get terrifying trend pieces about how sexting is turning middle school into an… » 1/06/14 3:45pm 1/06/14 3:45pm

All That Antibacterial Soap You're Using Is Gonna Stop Your Heart

Let me just put this right up front, for all the die-hard disinfectors out there: REGULAR SOAP WILL DO. For almost everything. Really. Not every surface in everyone's life has to be wiped with antibacterial agents, not every child needs to be autoclaved on the daily, not every sneeze needs to be medicated with… » 8/14/12 4:40pm 8/14/12 4:40pm

Morons Disappointed to Learn Most Babies Born in America Are Not White

When the US Census bureau announced this morning that for the first time in US history, the majority of babies born in 2011 were not white, naturally my first thought was to see what paranoids and dum dums on the internet were saying about it, because I'm nothing if not a chronic hater. After all, this sort of topic… » 5/17/12 3:10pm 5/17/12 3:10pm

Bugs Are Pooping Diseases Into Your Mouth While You Sleep

I know what you're thinking. "I totally don't have any bug diseases because bugs respect my personal space!" And that might be true...for now. But according to Scientific American, the tropical Chagas disease—a "silent killer" common in Central and South America—might be more common in North America than anyone… » 4/10/12 10:00am 4/10/12 10:00am

How Amanda Seyfried's Panic Attacks Can Help Us

Amanda Seyfried recently told a magazine that she has panic attacks and gets therapy. She's one of the few to admit that being a Hollywood actress is pretty hard on the psyche — and to be open about treatment. And while we wouldn't wish mental health issues on any individual, there's an upside for society at large. » 10/06/11 12:40pm 10/06/11 12:40pm