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The Plugged In Show, Episode 144: When Superheroes Take a Social Media Break (plus Secret Headquarters)

It’s not like Tom Holland was the first star to break away from social media. But when Holland—perhaps best known to the world as Spider-Man in the Sony/Marvel movies—announced that social media was “overwhelming” him, he likely spoke for millions of others. And when he suggested in the same Instagram post that we should talk more about our mental health, we couldn’t agree more.

So in this installment of The Plugged In Show, we tackle social media, its connections to mental health and why stepping away from it (or, at least, curtailing our use of it) might benefit all of us in more ways than we might expect. We shouldn’t keep discussions about mental health hidden.

But superhero lairs? Yeah, those ideally should be kept hidden. You wouldn’t want Two-Face or the Riddler to know where the Batcave was, would you? But in Paramount+’s PG film Secret Headquarters, the secret gets out. And it’s up to a superhero’s son and his friends to save the day. Our intrepid reviewer Kennedy Unthank tells Adam Holz all about it here. (Since the secret’s out now, we assume that any future sequels to the film will just be titled Headquarters.)

And lest you think we forgot to mention that we do another edition of Pop Culture Connection too … yeah, we do.

So sit down in your own secret headquarters (or car or bedroom or kitchen) and listen to our discussion. And then, as always, chime in with your own thoughts. We can be reached on Facebook and Instagram. Or send us an email at [email protected]. And if you’re interested in links to everything we talked about, check them out below.

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Paul Asay

Paul Asay has been part of the Plugged In staff since 2007, watching and reviewing roughly 15 quintillion movies and television shows. He’s written for a number of other publications, too, including Time, The Washington Post and Christianity Today. The author of several books, Paul loves to find spirituality in unexpected places, including popular entertainment, and he loves all things superhero. His vices include James Bond films, Mountain Dew and terrible B-grade movies. He’s married, has two children and a neurotic dog, runs marathons on occasion and hopes to someday own his own tuxedo. Feel free to follow him on Twitter @AsayPaul.