Social media detox can help reduce stress in just five days

Recently several celebrities including Bollywood actor-cum-director Farhan Akhtar, Elon Musk, Cher and Jim Carrey among others have deleted their social media profiles in wake of a data breach row involving a social media giant. Now, researchers have proven that giving up on social media can have significant health benefits. Withdrawal from social media can helps reduce levels of cortisol, a key hormone related to stress

Social media detox can help reduce stress in just five daysOf late Facebook has been under a lot of scrutiny – from breaches of privacy policies to stress arising from excess time spent on the social media site. The impact of Facebook on mental and physical health has been studied over the past few years since the social media trend has caught on, much of […]

Social media ‘selfie culture’ may inadvertently boost narcissism

The findings, which appear in The Open Psychology Journal, show that participants who posted large numbers of photos and selfies on social media developed a 25 per cent rise in narcissistic traits over the 4-month study period. While further research is needed, the recent results may provide insight for those concerned about the effects of social media

Social media ‘selfie culture’ may inadvertently boost narcissismA recent study reveals that an increase in narcissistic traits may be an unwanted result of sharing images, including selfies, ‘excessively’ on social media. This uptick in traits pushed some participants past the diagnostic cut-off for narcissistic personality disorder. Social media allows us to share major life events and daily musings alike with friends, family, […]

Instagram tops list of social media apps in terms of negativity impact

Instagram - the image-saturated app with over 700 million users worldwide -- topped the list in terms of negative impact, most notably among young women, stated the report, published on Friday

Instagram tops list of social media apps in terms of negativity impactAccording to a new report by the Royal Society for Public Health in the UK, Instagram is the most detrimental social networking app for young people’s mental health, followed closely by Snapchat. Their study, #StatusofMind, surveyed almost 1,500 young people between the ages of 14 to 24 on how certain social media platforms impact health […]

Motherly instinct: Philippines flight attendant breastfeeds stranger’s baby

Philippine Airlines flight attendant Patrisha Organo went above and beyond the call of duty on Tuesday when she breastfed a wailing infant on a domestic flight after the baby’s mother had run out of formula

Motherly instinct: Philippines flight attendant breastfeeds stranger’s babyTuesday, November 06, started out as just another day for flight attendant Patrisha Organo, 24, on a Philippine Airlines flight. Except that everything changed when she heard a passenger’s baby on the flight, cry. She knew immediately what she had to do. In an act of absolute kindness, the flight attendant breastfed the hungry little […]

What is Tokophobia? Here’s all you need to know about it

Tokophobia is a pathological fear of pregnancy and can lead to avoidance of childbirth. It can be classified as primary or secondary. Primary is morbid fear of childbirth in a woman, who has no previous experience of pregnancy

What is Tokophobia? Here’s all you need to know about itChildbirth can clearly be a scary prospect. For women who have not given birth before, it is the great unknown. Research into women’s concerns and fears suggests that women may be anxious about the risk of injuries or complications, pain, their ability to give birth, losing control, and interactions with health professionals. Even women who […]

Child sleep disorders on the rise due to social media and obesity, finds UK study

Sleep apnoea is increasingly being diagnosed in children. Previously, this disorder typically only affected overweight and middle-aged individuals. This is a breathing problem that causes repeated night-awakenings and poor quality of sleep due to repeated airway obstructions

Child sleep disorders on the rise due to social media and obesity, finds UK studyThe information comes from NHS Digital, who showed that sleep problems that once affected only the middle-aged and elderly are now being diagnosed even among babies and pre-school children. According to the latest research, more and more children and teenagers in England are being diagnosed with sleep problems, including nightmares, sleepwalking, and insomnia. Nearly 88 […]

Limiting kids recreational screen time to a day linked to improved cognition

Limiting recreational screen time to less than two hours a day, and having sufficient sleep and physical activity is associated with improved cognition, compared with not meeting any recommendations, according to an observational study of more than 4,500 US children aged 8-11 years old published in The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health journal

Limiting kids recreational screen time to a day linked to improved cognitionChildren aged eight to 11 who used screens for fun for less than two hours a day performed better in tests of mental ability, a study found. Combining this with nine to 11 hours of sleep a night was found to be best for performance. Researchers said more work was now needed to better understand […]

Here’s how a tweet helped save an ailing senior citizen

If you are a senior citizen, you can relate to the travail of travel. It is difficult for anyone to travel alone but more so for elderly people. With the advent of social media, people are now closer than ever. It has proved to be efficient in times of crisis, an example of this incident of an elderly man who felt ill while travelling back to Mumbai

Here’s how a tweet helped save an ailing senior citizenRecently, a 64-year-old man named Anoop Kumar Pandey was travelling from Chapra, Bihar to Mumbai. He felt ill midway; he began feeling uneasy and felt cold. He was in the second AC. It was past 11 p.m. on a Monday (Sept. 17) night. Before his condition could take a turn for the worst, he called […]

‘I’m asthmatic.  I mean, what’s to hide?,’ says Priyanka Chopra

Priyanka Chopra revealed through an ad campaign recently that she's asthmatic. The actress took to Twitter where she spoke about how asthma did not stop her from achieving the highs in her career

‘I’m asthmatic.  I mean, what’s to hide?,’ says Priyanka ChopraPriyanka recently confessed that she has been asthmatic since five and that she has never hidden the fact. Priyanka Chopra took to Twitter to join hands with a recent initiative for asthma patients, Breathe Free which aims at showcasing the importance of inhalers over tablets for asthma patients. The ad for the Breathe Free campaign […]

Parents need to limit their screen time for better parent-child interaction

As much as children need limits on their smartphone use and screen time on other devices, parents need ‘off-hours’ time, too, according to a new resource published in JAMA Pediatrics

Parents need to limit their screen time for better parent-child interactionChildren learn smartphone habits from their parents, so it’s important to make time to unplug and ‘single-task,’ prioritise quality time with children, and resist the urge to document everything, the authors write. “With mobile devices, parents have a personalised, interactive computer containing all of their work, social, informational and entertainment lives in their pockets,” said […]
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