Community service is a core value of Cardan Capital Partners — so it was our firm’s honor to sponsor two tables at the 8th Annual CU Helen and Arthur E. Johnson Depression Center’s Luncheon.

This year’s Oct. 5 event tackled the subject of technology and mental health — the good, the bad and the ugly. How do we, as individuals, parents and community members find healthy and constructive ways to tune in and tune out? For many of us, disconnecting from our increasingly digital world is a struggle. Consider these concerning topics the depression center shared:

  • Rates of depression increased right at the time smartphone use became common.
  • More time on screens and less time on non-screen activities are linked to more depression and unhappiness.
  • Longitudinal and experimental studies suggest some screen use can lead to greater unhappiness.

Keynote speakers Nir Eyal, author of Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products, and psychologist Jean Twenge, author of iGen, offered great insights from their books and blogs.

Mr. Eyal focuses on consumer psychology, behavioral design, personal behavior change and managing digital distraction. Aside from his own work, he provides a recommended reading list on these subjects here.

Ms. Twenge is a researcher specializing in generational differences, including in work values, life goals and speed of development. Her work has been published in more than 100 scientific journals, and she provides a list of frequently asked questions about the so-called “iGen” generation here.

For more information about the Johnson Depression Center’s mission and mental healthcare services, please visit its website. Good work is being done there. Cardan Capital Partners remains committed to supporting the center and its dedicated staff.