Social media use may make you feel lonely

first_imgThe more time you spend on social media – scrolling through Facebook, trolling on Twitter, snapping on Snapchat – the more likely you are to feel socially isolated, a new study has warned.Researchers from University of Pittsburgh in the US found that people who use social media for more than two hours a day have twice the odds of experiencing feelings of social isolation and lack a sense of social belonging.They sampled about 1,787 US adults ages 19 through 32, using questionnaires to determine time and frequency of social media use by asking about the 11 most popular social media platforms, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Google Plus, Instagram, Snapchat, Reddit, Tumblr, Pinterest, Vine and LinkedIn. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfResearchers measured participants’ perceived social isolation using a validated assessment tool called the Patient-Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System.Even when the researchers controlled for a variety of social and demographic factors, participants who used social media more than two hours a day had twice the odds for perceived social isolation than their peers who spent less than half an hour on social media each day.Participants who visited various social media platforms 58 or more times per week had about triple the odds of perceived social isolation than those who visited fewer than nine times per week. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveHere are some weird negative effects of using too much of social media sites:A false sense of connectivity: More people are building relationships online and drifting away from the real world. The more we post, comment and like, the more we feel closer to other people.Privacy: Social media is encouraging people to become more public with their private lives, users are easily giving out information they could never reveal on a face-to-face conversation. It might make you spend more money: Businesses are entering social media and luring customers to buy more with endless discounts and fast deliveries.It might modify your diet: A study from Women’s Health reveals, more people tend to feel hungry after they’ve viewed a couple of @ItsFoodPorn images online. A photo of a mega-food plate can trigger a part of the brain to compel observers to overeat.”We are inherently social creatures, but modern life tends to compartmentalise us instead of bringing us together,” said Brian A Primack, director of Pitt’s Center for Research on Media, Technology and Health in the US.”While it may seem that social media presents opportunities to fill that social void, I think this study suggests that it may not be the solution people were hoping for,” said Primack.Researchers provided several theories for how increased use of social media could fuel feelings of social isolation.Social media facilitate feelings of exclusion when one sees photos of friends having fun at an event to which they were not invited.Displacement of more authentic social experiences by social media because the more time a person spends online, the less time there is for real-world interactions. The exposure to highly idealised representations of peers’ lives on social media sites may be eliciting feelings of envy and the distorted belief that others lead happier and more successful lives. The study was published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.last_img read more

We have brought peace in Jungalmahal Mamata

first_imgKotshila/Hura (Purulia): West Bengal chief minister and TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee Wednesday said that her government has been able to usher in peace in tribal Jungalmahal area. The people of Jungalmahal, the forested tribal area of the state, were afraid of both CPI(M) and the naxals during the Left Front rule, she said. But the scenario has changed in the area, which comrpise Jhargram, West Midnapore, Bankura and Purulia districts, Banerjee said at an election rally at Kotshila in Purulia district. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata “We have been able to establish peace in Purulia and Junglemahal area and many developmental works have been undertaken – mainly water-related projects,” she said. Criticising Prime Minister Narendra Modi, she said he has done nothing in the last five years. “Do not vote for BJP. They will do nothing and only dish out lies and make people fight against each other”, the fiesty TMC leader said. Banerjee, who had spearheaded the anti-land acquisition movements at Singur and Nandigram, said that her government would protect the rights of adivasis including their claim over land. At another rally at Hura in the same district, she said the government is planning an airport at Charra to connect the district with Kolkata and other places. She urged the electorate to help TMC wrest all the 42 seats in the state.last_img read more

Avoya to host 2019 Conference on land and at sea

first_img Share Tags: Avoya Travel, Events Tuesday, October 30, 2018 << Previous PostNext Post >> LAUDERDALE — Avoya Travel’s annual conference this year will bring travel professionals together, both on land and at sea.Set to take place from June 2-7, the 2019 Avoya Conference will be hosted at the Hyatt Regency Miami as well as onboard the newly renovated Royal Caribbean Navigator of the Seas.This year, Avoya will host opening general sessions and a tradeshow at the Hyatt regency before the conference returns to sea for the first time since 2014 onboard the Navigator’s four-night Caribbean sailing. While onboard, the company will introduce its key stakeholders to pioneering advancements and award-winning resources that support travel professionals in the Avoya Network in growing their businesses.On hosting the conference at sea, Royal Caribbean’s Vicki Freed, Senior Vice President, said: “Royal Caribbean looks forward to hosting Avoya Travel and the Network of talented Independent Agencies onboard our Royal Amplified Navigator of the Seas and reintroducing travel professionals to the improved experiences travelers can enjoy on our beloved ship. Royal Caribbean greatly values our partnership with Avoya Travel where we share a mutual desire for innovation and together create incredible cruise vacations for travellers.”More news:  Visit Orlando unveils new travel trade tools & agent perksConference registration recently opened to the Avoya Network and attendance is anticipated to be record breaking with cabin categories already sold out. Details about programing, keynote speakers, and social events will be announced soon.To view Avoya’s 2018 Conference highlights, please visit: Posted by Avoya to host 2019 Conference on land and at sea Travelweek Group last_img read more