THURSDAY, Dec. 5, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- The more often young teens turn to social media, the more prone they are to eating disorders, new research suggests.
While the study does not prove social media use causes eating disorders, it raises a red flag, said study author Simon Wilksch. He's a senior research fellow in psychology at Flinders University, in South Australia.
WEDNESDAY, Aug 14, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Bingeing on social media isn't good for any teen, but new research has pinpointed three ways in which hours spent on Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat and Facebook may harm the mental health of young girls in particular.
"Almost all of the influence of social media on mental health could be explained by the three mechanisms examined -- namely exp...
TUESDAY, Aug. 6, 2019 (HealthDay News) --
In a new study, more than a third of young people surveyed said they'd posted on social media while under the influence of drugs, while more than half had called someone or sent a text.
But in the cold light of day, one in five said they regretted a social media post made while high, the study found. About a third of those who called or tex...
THURSDAY, June 27, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- You might be more apt to seek out a face-lift, a new nose, hair implants or a boob job if you're a fan of posting selfies on social media, a new study reports.
Adults who regularly use social media are more likely to consider getting plastic surgery to improve their online appearance, particularly if they prefer photo-heavy sites and apps, t...
TUESDAY, June 4, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Being an Instagram influencer isn't always a good thing. New research found that vulnerable young people who see online posts of self-harm -- like cutting -- may copy those destructive behaviors.
Almost one-third of teens and young adults who reported seeing self-harm posts on Instagram said they had performed the same or similar self-harming...
WEDNESDAY, May 15, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Young Americans tend to accept the popular notion that their generation is self-centered and entitled, but they also resent those labels, new research suggests.
In a series of surveys, researchers found that most people -- regardless of age -- believed the narcissistic stereotype often assigned to millennials and Generation Z.
TUESDAY, May 7, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Teens spend countless hours glued to their phones and tablets, continually posting to social media, but British researchers report that might not be as terrible as many parents may think.
It appears that teens who are less satisfied with their lives do tend to spend more time on Snapchat, Instagram and the like, but the link between life satisf...
TUESDAY, May 7, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Traditional media, including TV and magazine ads, tend to portray ideals of physical perfection that can fuel worries about body image and eating disorders. A study from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine found that spending hours on social media is linked to these issues, too.
In particular, people in the top 25% of high-volum...
MONDAY, March 18, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Though they often dread social events, many introverts find they're not as bad as feared and some have learned to fake an outgoing personality to get through the experience.
In the business world, socializing is a key to success, said Erik Helzer, who led a team that examined the psychological implications for both introverts and extroverts. ...
THURSDAY, March 14, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Young Americans may be more vulnerable to depression, distress and suicidal thoughts or attempts than their parents' generation, and social media might be fueling that troubling trend.
So claims a review of a decade's worth of data on roughly 200,000 teens between the ages of 12 and 17, and 400,000 young adults over 18.
MONDAY, March 4, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Getting older can be a lonely business, and a new survey shows that health problems only make matters worse.
The online poll of more than 2,000 adults, aged 50 to 80, revealed that one in four said they feel isolated from other people at least some of the time, and one in three say they don't have regular companionship.
WEDNESDAY, Feb. 13, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Social media is now a key part of American youngsters' lives, so parents need to provide guidance and rules to help them enjoy its benefits and protect them from potential dangers, experts say.
Social media can help kids connect and find others who share their interests and concerns, SAY specialists at the Children's Hospital Los Angeles H...
THURSDAY, Dec. 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Facebook, Twitter, Instagram -- the list of popular social media outlets is long and always expanding. But could staying connected through them lead to depression?
That's the question posed by researchers from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.
Nearly 1,800 Americans, aged 19 to 32, answered questionnaires about thei...
MONDAY, Nov. 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Late-night tweeting leads to poorer next-day performance by professional basketball players, according to a new study that highlights how social media can affect sleep.
For the study, researchers examined statistics for games played between 2009 and 2016 by 112 National Basketball Association players who were verified Twitter users.
MONDAY, Oct. 15, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- People may rely on social media such as Facebook to showcase the highlights of their lives, like vacations. But new research suggests the language they use in posts might also help predict depression.
Using sophisticated software, researchers were able to scan social media posts and detect depression months before it was apparent on clinical s...
THURSDAY, Oct. 11, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Next time you struggle to put a name to a face, go easy on yourself.
You probably recognize thousands of people.
Participants in a British study recognized 1,000 to 10,000 faces, with the average number being an astonishing 5,000. The faces included people they knew from their personal lives, as well as famous people.
MONDAY, Aug. 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly 40 percent of teen drivers in the United States say they text while driving, a new survey finds.
Researchers analyzed survey data from teen drivers aged 14 and older in 35 states and found that more than a third said they'd texted while driving at least once in the month before the survey. In 34 of the 35 states, text messaging by driv...
FRIDAY, Aug. 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Keeping that smartphone handy while out with friends may backfire: The pull of digital technology is distracting and drains enjoyment out of face-to-face interactions, new research suggests.
A pair of studies focused on cellphone use showed those who keep their phones easily accessible while eating out feel more preoccupied and bored -- and en...
WEDNESDAY, Aug. 8, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Most people seeking romantic partners online try for someone "out of their league."
That's the conclusion of researchers who analyzed data from online dating networks in Boston, Chicago, New York and Seattle. They found most of the people contacted prospects who were considered 25 percent more desirable than the seeker.
TUESDAY, Aug. 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Photo-editing tools that make people look more perfect online than in real life may be a health threat, medical experts warn.
The tidal wave of altered photos on social media is changing perceptions of beauty. And that can trigger a preoccupation with appearance that leads to risky efforts to hide perceived flaws, researchers suggest. Those ef...
FRIDAY, May 25, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Are tablets, smartphones and laptops robbing Americans of shut-eye? Absolutely, said researchers who found that the unending entertainments and the light the devices emit are a powerful, slumber-killing combo.
The finding comes from a small analysis of nine otherwise healthy adults in their 20s. Their sleep was tracked after five straight nigh...
WEDNESDAY, May 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- People with heart failure who are socially isolated are more likely to be hospitalized or die prematurely than those who feel connected to others, new research suggests.
The study authors said screening heart failure patients to identify those who lack social support might help to improve outcomes.
FRIDAY, April 27, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Social media use in college classrooms is generally frowned upon. But new research suggests it's possible to check posts and tweets -- and still absorb the lecture material.
University of Illinois-Chicago researchers found that social media distraction in the classroom interferes with visual learning, but not auditory learning.