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Ways of using social media – not the duration – may up mental disorders: study

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AIMAN INAM

FLORIDA: The world is on the cusp of digital revolution and regarding this innumerable studies are being conducted.

A recent study has contradicted the belief that extreme use of social media triggers mental chaos.

As a matter of fact, not the sum of time we spend on social media but the ways young folks use it might cause mental health mayhems.

Savants are of the view that vaguebooking (social media posts) harbors unclear and bogus but sensational, sort of cry for help like stuff and this is, in fact, associated with suicidal thoughts.

In this connection, the study lead author from the University of Central Florida (UCF), Chloe Berryman stated that the major motive of the research was to focus on the behavior of individuals instead of pretending social media to be the wreak of all socio-personal concerns.

For carrying this study out, academics have been through the records of some 467 young adults. They have been canvassed apropos their social media usage, personal and emotional lives.

Moreover, the participants were also asked about the levels of their anxiety, aptitude to empathize, occurrence of suicidal thoughts as well as family and social support networks etc.

Their ramifications revealed that those, who wrote distressing posts, have been reported with suicidal thoughts. Besides, no link was found amid the time spending on social media and symptoms of psychological distress.

It is pertinent to mention here that those folks, who feel lonely and heartbroken, are more prone to open up about goings-on in their personal life upon such sites.

Their up shots have been reported in the paper published in the journal Psychiatric Quarterly.

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Digital revolution: Can social media affect school grades?

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AIMAN INAM

BERLIN: Social media penetration gets to everywhere. Due to its hype and craze, youngsters tend to adhere to their laptops and phones so as to be connected with the online world.

In such, investigators from Germany set out to know the impacts of using social networking sites such as Snapchat, Facebook and Instagram on the academic performance of teens.

So as to look into this, Professor Markus Appel from the Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg (JMU) in Bavaria, Germany and Timo Gnambs from the University of Bamberg have gone through some 59 studies harboring the link amid social media use and academic performance.

The studies comprised on approx 30,000 young people around the world.

Their findings suggest that those kids, who use social media so as to discuss apropos school related matters, have been reported performing slightly better.

On the contrary, those, who use Instagram while studying, log into others social networking sites post or send messages frequently, upload snaps and their activities, tend to perform somewhat worse as such practices trigger distraction when they do homework.

Maintaining that such sites could potentially impact its users non-constructively, academics further reiterate that parents should keep a watchful eye as to know in which activities their kids are involved when it comes to use social media.

Besides, they should inject variety in their activities (such as playing, social networking, studies, physical activities etc) as too much of anything is harmful.

 

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The faster you eat the fatter you get!

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AMMAR AHMED KHAN

KARACHI: People looking to shrink waistlines may want to adopt three simple eating habits to help them get there. A study tracking 60,000 people monitored eating speed and their evening meal time appeared to be significant factors in the struggle to lose weight.

Specifically, eating more slowly, avoiding snacks after dinner, and not eating within two hours before going to bed were all linked to weight loss.

The people were asked to report the speed at which they ate as fast, normal, or slow. The researchers found those who ate at normal speed were 29% less likely to be obese than fast eaters. The findings for slow eaters were 42% less likely to be obese.

Other habits the researchers looked at —including eating or skipping breakfast, and how much sleep— had no significant impact on weight.

 A dietitian nutritionist and health psychologist maintained: “When you tend to eat quickly, you may miss out on your body’s cues for satiety, or fullness, and end up eating more. Natural slow eaters may be attending to their body’s cues for filling, and eat a more appropriate portion during each eating occasion”. 

The study concludes that changes in eating habits can affect obesity, BMI and waist circumference. If you tend to be a fast eater try practice mindful eating, in which you consciously pay attention to each bite of food you put into your mouth and notice your thoughts, feelings, and sensations.

 

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Asthma and pregnancy: What is the link?

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AIMAN INAM

SYDNEY: Asthma is a respiratory condition that affects lungs, resulting into mounting breathing troubles. It is now considered a common ailment as it is getting widespread rapidly due to environmental pollution.

Believe it or not, but a latest research has discovered a strong association between asthma and infertility.

According to the details, some specific prescriptions for asthma (particularly the quick healing medications) could potentially harm women’s aptitude to conceive.

For carrying this study out, academics have been through the records of over 5,600 preggos in the initial phase of their pregnancy.

All of the participants were from Australia, New Zealand, Britain and Ireland, who expected their foremost child.

Their outcomes revealed that those females, who took up quick asthma relievers, have been reported with having complications when it comes to fall pregnant.

It is pertinent to point it out here that those ladies take more than a year to conceive and the odds are up to 30 percent high.

It is to be noted that short-acting asthma preventers provide abrupt relief from the uncomfortable symptoms, whereas long-acting asthma relievers try to control the condition gradually.

While supporting their up shots, the study senior investigator Luke Grzeskowiak from the University of Adelaide held that besides affecting lungs, asthma also triggers inflammation in any part of the body such as the uterus, which, in return, affects the health of eggs in the ovaries.

 

 

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