Over at The Guardian, Penelope Blackmore has a great opinion piece about modern conveniences (in this case, Uber's new quiet ride feature) and how they isolate us.
[I]t’s a signal that we’ve fallen prey to the idea that nuisance or bother is an undesirable aspect to our lives, that everything must be faster, smoother, quieter. It’s a warning that we are falling victims to convenience. ... You can outsource pretty much every aspect of irritation in your lives. But you can’t outsource loneliness, or pain. . . . Studies have shown that regular interactions with weak ties, or acquaintances, can drastically improve your mental health and feelings of connectedness. So while we might think there’s no point waiting around at our local coffee shop when you can pre-order your flat white on an app, studies prove us wrong. Baristas, cashiers, yoga teachers – these are all people that might recognise you, and people that are worth talking to, even if it’s just a quick nod of the head.
There's much more to the article than the above quote, so I highly recommend reading it.
The Atlantic has a fascinating article about the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines fight 370. There are so many great lines/paragraphs in the article that I couldn't choose just one to highlight here.
Farhad Manjoo recently wrote a great New York Times opinion piece about Elizabeth Warren that is definitely worth reading.
Whatever your politics, pull out your phone, pour yourself a cup of tea, and set aside an hour to at least read Warren’s plans. You’ll see that on just about every grave threat facing Americans today, she offers a plausible theory of the problem and a creative and comprehensive vision for how to address it.
Annie Lowrey, writer at The Atlantic, recently wrote about overcrowding at popular travel destinations.
A confluence of macroeconomic factors and changing business trends have led more tourists crowding to popular destinations. That has led to environmental degradation, dangerous conditions, and the immiseration and pricing-out of locals in many places. And it has cities around the world asking one question: Is there anything to be done about being too popular?
As someone who travels a few times a year, I do my best to be respectful of the areas I visit and to the people who live there. If more people took this approach and some of the ideas in the article were implemented, tourist hotspots might be less impacted by overcrowding.
According to WHO, burnout is characterized by "feelings of energy depletion or exhaustion; increased mental distance from one's job, or feelings of negativism or cynicism related to one's job; and reduced professional efficacy." ... "People who feel burnout are finally fully recognized as having a severe issue," [Torsten Voigt] says. The new definition may be a step toward making it easier for people to get help, at least in some European countries, where health professionals rely on the ICD, he says.