How does the internet affect your mood?
The ability to evolve is key to the long term survival of just about anything on this planet, be it a species, an organization or a mental health initiative. In this case, it is time for Bell (and the rest of us) to change the focus from talking to taking action. The past eight years of #LetsTalk have been largely successful in making the discussion of mental health issues in public less taboo, and we are all the better for it, but talk can only take us so far.
We need to act.
There are two paths to action that must be explored. The first is the enabling of better access to mental health services. This topic is always in the news but the situation just seems to get worse with time. Natives in the north are often forced to travel hundreds of miles to access mental health care. Some communities in the Atlantic region face wait times of hundreds of days to see a mental health professional. Even in densely populated cities where access is virtually immediate…
Here’s a “hot take”: Tolerance has jumped the shark. That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be tolerant, (tolerance is one of the greateat traits a person can have) but something has gone horribly wrong. People have become tolerant of the intolerant. This just doesn’t work. It’s a paradox that has no resolution other than taking what some would perceive as a step backwards, which we see as being a step in the right direction (in this case). ECTOgroup is committed to making a stand where it counts. That means we have no qualms about taking sides when it comes to toxic worldviews and associated online content. We will not tolerate toxicity in any form. This goes for our shareholders, employees, clients, users, visitors and everyone else with whom we become affiliated. What do we consider toxic? For starters there is racism, sexism, homophobia, excessive negativity, bullying, harassment and discrimination.
Our endeavor is a direct response to the spread of hatred and unbridled negativity throughout the internet. Although research in the area is relatively scarce, it’s becoming painfully apparent that exposure to toxic content (racism, sexism, homophobia, other forms of hate or discrimination, excessive negativity and anger, etc.) can cause serious psychological harm. We believe that people need to be given a way to protect themselves from psychologically damaging online content and we intend to provide them with the means to do so.
Toxic behavior and content on the internet is supported by many factors, some of which are less obvious than others. Through consistent investigation and updated applications, we plan on continually identifying and combating each of these influences to gradually destroy the foundation upon which internet toxicity is based; pillar by pillar.
Values, ethics, principles and similar terms are often used interchangeably to convey a consistent message: These are the things we hold to be the most important in life. Values were once a major consideration in the day-to-day activities of the general population, but in recent decades they have been pushed into the background by our increasing obsession with speed and ease of consumption. Well, we’re happy to report that several organizations have taken the initiative to counter this neglect with the establishment and celebration of World Values Day on October 19th.
The World Values Day website is loaded with excellent content that can help just about any individual or group to get in touch with their values and ensure they are put into practice during day-to-day activities. As the creators point out, being aware of our values doesn’t guarantee that they have an appreciable influence on our decisions and behaviors.
The one principle that sets us apart from most companies is that ethics come before profits. If this claim made you roll your eyes then you’re likely with the majority. You’ve probably heard it a million times from corporations that clearly worship the almighty dollar above all else. So, here’s the deal: Our corporate by-laws prohibit the company from taking part in or sanctioning any activities that would violate the ethical code. The clause is immutable and will be safeguarded by multiple measures put in place throughout our corporate policies.
With any luck the ethical safeguards will never come into play, as we plan on being exclusively associated with people and organizations who support the mission. Still, the reality of the matter is that people change and can also deceive, so it is necessary to plan for the worst. No, it won’t be easy to close all the potential loopholes, but we would rather the company be dissolved than become yet another ethical black hole masquerading as something that will “make the world better”.
Mental health is in decline across the planet. This unfortunate phenomenon can likely be attributed to a number of factors, such as the psychological impact of natural disasters, war, political oppression, discrimination, overpopulation, isolation and so on. Although there are more obvious offenders within the long list of potential influences, the role of the internet cannot be understated.
We live in a time when access to the internet has become ubiquitous in most developed nations. People quite literally live online via social networks and mass media. Furthermore, the multicultural importance of being able to share and comment on content via multiple platforms has changed the way that information is presented online, possibly to the point that the entire internet could be considered a social network itself. As online content has grown to become more intertwined with day-to-day life, so has its ability to inflict mass psychological damage.