According to a new study published in Scientific Reports, spending two hours a week in the natural environment can improve your physical and mental health. You don't have to spend two hours in one hit, you can spend four half hour blocks in nature. You don't have to climb a mountain either, you can just go for a leisurely walk. Just get out of the burbs and to the park, the beach, the river, the bush (maybe take a friend). Just because it's the middle of winter is no excuse, just rug up and get out there. I took this photo on a drizzly day this week when I was walking my dog.
This app has been in the news a lot lately so I thought I'd check it out. While I was scrolling through Tik Tok I saw a lot of teen guys and girls who know they're hot showing off, some bad lip-syncing, some good dancing, some average dancing, some dangerous challenges, some illegal street racing, some rich kids showing off their bedrooms and homes, a lot of swearing and a really cool pool shot.
My verdict: While there is nothing wrong with the idea of the app, sharing 15 second videos, there are some issues with how it is being used. When you sign up the privacy setting is set to public. If you change it to private you will avoid 40 year old men sending inappropriate comments. You can also turn off the comments facility, otherwise it's just another avenue for trolls to do what they do. Any platform that is used by young people attracts pedophiles. One scantily clad girl had the message on her screen, "I'm fifteen, if you're over 18 and tell me I'm hot, that's creepy." You can't actually delete your account - you have to provide your phone number to the app so they can send you a code to delete your account. Finally, you can waste a lot of time on Tik Tok so maybe set a timer.