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1 in 5 Teens Lose Sleep Over Social Media: Study

One in five teens regularly lose sleep over social media, waking up in the middle of the night to send or check messages on social media. This makes them three times more likely to feel constantly tired at school in comparison to their peers who do not log on at night, warns a new UK study. Researchers at Wales Institute for Social and Economic Research, Data and Methods (WISERD) in the UK also found that girls are much more likely to access their social media accounts during the night than…

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Media reckons science now proves ‘carbs’ are fine again

“Eat more ‘good’ carbohydrates and less protein for a longer life,” reports the Mirror. It seems like only last week that the media was advising us to eat less carbohydrates. The reality is that neither today’s “pro-carbs” or recent “anti-carbs” news stories have changed government food advice. Today’s news refers to a short study of different diets on a relatively small number of mice – not people. It’s always a fairly safe bet that studies in mice have few implications for the British human public – and today’s news is…

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Social Media Competition May Push People to Exercise More

Want to exercise more? Start competing with your peers on online health programmes, researchers say. Their study found that social media competition can dramatically increase people’s fitness. “Framing the social interaction as a competition can create positive social norms for exercising,” said lead author Jingwen Zhang, Assistant Professor at the University of California, Davis. Social competition among people may go beyond exercise, to encouraging healthy behaviours such as medication compliance, diabetes control, smoking cessation, flu vaccinations, weight loss, and preventative screening, as well as pro-social behaviours like voting, recycling, and…

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Social media videos give the final push to vegan lifestyle

Internet videos on the cruel way in which animals are bred for eventual slaughter pushed Sahil Bhambri towards veganism in 2014. Brought up in a family of vegetarians, the shift towards a vegan lifestyle wasn’t drastic. He also convinced his parents and younger brother to adopt a cruelty-free lifestyle and consciously give up animal products, starting with dairy . Like 26-year-old Bhambri, many of those who have adopted a vegan lifestyle attribute their change to such social media videos. Nikhil Bedi, a 20-year old Delhi University students, recalled, “My dog…

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Facebook CEO Says Group Will Not Become a Media Company

Facebook will not become a media company, its founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg said on Monday, telling students the firm would remain a technology platform. An increasing number of users are turning to social media networks, such as Facebook and Twitter, to find their news, but Zuckerberg said his firm had no ambitions to become a content provider. “No, we are a tech company, not a media company,” said Zuckerberg, after a young Italian asked him whether Facebook intended to become a news editor. While acknowledging the role Facebook has…

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Twitter Appoints New Global Media Team Head

Micro-blogging website Twitter has tapped long-time executive Ross Hoffman as the company’s new vice president of global media – in the third appointment to that role in the last six months. Hoffman, who was most recently senior director of brand strategy and has been at the company in various roles since 2010, is taking over the media team from Nathan Hubbard, who late last month announced he was leaving the company, a report on technology website Re/code said on Thursday. Twitter confirmed the move to the publication, with a spokesperson…

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