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Facebook Use and Well-Being

Does Facebook fulfill social needs or undermine them?

Over a billion people on this globe have membership in Facebook--the largest social community of its kind on the planet. Researchers conducted a two week study in young people to determine how they feel moment-to-moment and how satisfied they are with their lives. The more people used Facebook during this period of time the lower their life satisfaction! Confounders were adjusted for, including size of Facebook networks.

PositiveTip: Real human interactions are a needed for balance in all things is very important--including social media involvement.

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Science Meets Social Media

Bacon lovers take to social media to express disgust with WHO report.

Ordinary consumers, politicians, and celebrities expressed unhappiness with the WHO's International Agency for Research on Cancer report linking processed meat as likely to cause cancer. Reuters reported that negative tweets outnumbered positive ones by better than 6.5 to 1. No wonder health costs continue to rise as people bash careful scientific evidence in favor of appetite and desire!

PositiveTip: Do you really live to eat, or eat to live? Reflect carefully on how you answer this question!

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Social Media to Help Organ Donations

More than 114,000 Americans are waiting for an organ transplant to save their lives.

Social media giant Facebook has announced a cooperative effort with Donate Life America aimed at increasing the number of organ donors in the U.S. New Facebook features allow users to share the stories behind their decisions to become donors, and their experiences as donors. 

PositiveTip: Consider being an organ donor! It could be life-saving to someone else.

Know How to Use Social Media Yourself!

The journal Pediatrics (from the American Academy of Pediatrics) has designed a website with recommendations for parents about their childrens’ use of social media and monitoring use. This blog report is from that AAP web site:

Be aware of the ages of use for sites your tweens and older elementary school kids want to use, including game sites such as ‘Club Penguin’ and ‘Webkins.’ Many sites are for age 13 and older, and the sites for younger kids do require parental consent to use.

Monitoring Your Kids Social Media Use

The journal Pediatrics (from the American Academy of Pediatrics) has designed a website with recommendations for parents about their childrens’ use of social media and monitoring use. This blog report is from that AAP web site:

Share a bit about your daily social media (SM) use as a way to facilitate daily conversation about your kids’ online habits. Get your kids talking about their SM lives if you can, just so you know what they are doing.

Keep the computer in a public part of your home, such as the family room or kitchen, so that you can check on what your kids are doing online and how much time they are spending there.

Talk with other parents about what their kids of similar ages are using for SM. Ask your kids about those technologies as a starting point for discussion.

Sexting among Youngsters

The journal Pediatrics (from the American Academy of Pediatrics) has designed a website with recommendations for parents about their childrens’ use of social media and monitoring use. 

Because the issue of sexting has become a concern to parents, communities and legal authorities, we felt that a specific set of recommendations should be listed addressing this important issue. This blog report is from that AAP web site:

“Sexting” refers to sending a text message with pictures of children or teens that are inappropriate, naked or engaged in sex acts.

According to a recent survey, about 20 percent of teen boys and girls have sent such messages. The emotional pain it causes can be enormous for the child in the picture as well as the sender and receiver--often with legal implications.

Social Media Use by Youngsters

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has designed a website giving recommendations to parents about monitoring their children’s use of social media. This blog report is from that AAP web site. 

Today’s teens and “tweens” are connected to one another, and to the world, via digital technology more than any previous generation. Recent data suggests that social media (SM) venues like Facebook and MySpace have surpassed e-mail as the preferred method of communication in all age groups.

Some Risks of Children and Adolescents Using Social Media

A recent report from the journal Pediatrics discusses benefits and risks of youngsters using social media. This series of posts discuss those risks and benefits. This information comes directly from the report.

Researchers have proposed a new phenomenon called “Facebook depression,” defined as depression that develops when preteens and teenagers spend a great deal of time on social media sites, such as Facebook, and then begin to exhibit classic symptoms of depression. Acceptance by and contact with peers is an important element of adolescent life. The intensity of the online world is thought to be a factor that may trigger depression in some adolescents.