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Unsocial media, quitting your job, and taking care of mental health.

Last Week in Plain English
Unsocial media, quitting your job, and taking care of mental health.
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Welcome to the first issue of Last Week in Plain English! Our aim is to provide you with a nice, concise weekly round up of the things we feel you ought to know about. Our primary focus is the tech space, but we’ll also drop in and out of other topics we think you’ll find interesting.
We’re going to keep this issue short and sweet, but hope it gives you an idea of what aim to put forward. If you have any suggestions for topics you would like us to cover, do not hesitate to DM us or send an email.

Unsocial media
So Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram went down for about 6 hours on Monday. I was in the process of exchanging contact details with someone at the time and we both noticed that we couldn’t connect to Instagram. Some of you may already know why this happened, but here’s a detailed video from Computerphile that we recommend checking out:
Why Did Facebook Go Down? - Computerphile
Why Did Facebook Go Down? - Computerphile
Quitting your job
Apparently a lot of people in the tech space are quitting their jobs. This article states 21% of developers are looking to leave their current job, while this article states that resignations in the tech space increased by 4.5% during 2020. So what is causing this? Ben Hosk outlines this and more here:
Why Are So Many Software Developers Quitting Their Jobs? | by Ben "The Hosk" Hosking | Sep, 2021 | JavaScript in Plain English
Taking care of mental health
Yesterday (Sunday 10th October) was World Mental Health Day. Whether you’re somebody who works in the technology space or not, mental health issues are a thing that doesn’t discriminate when it comes to who it decides to affect.
Everyone at In Plain English believe that taking the necessary steps to look after and manage our individual and collective mental health is of paramount importance - and this is a message that we want to pass on to each and every one of you. Because of that, we will be periodically shining a light on mental health by sharing useful tips, resources, and stories with you.
Here are a few resources that we think are great:
What Is Mental Health?
What Is Mental Health?
How to support someone with a mental health problem | Mental Health Foundation
How to support a friend or family member who’s struggling with their mental health |
Thank you for reading, and take care. We look forward to seeing you next week ☺️
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