<p>Social media can be good for your health.</p>
You’ve likely heard about some of the drawbacks to using Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and other social networks, but did you know logging in has health benefits, too? Read on to find out how they can help you lose weight, boost your mood and more.
Social media is a great way to see what your social circle is up to—cooking up delicious meals, going on fun family outings, rocking a cute new outfit. But according to a new study conducted by Andrew Reece of Harvard University and Christopher Danforth of the University of Vermont, it can also give hints about its users’ mental health. The study found that more depressed Instagram users were inclined to post photographs with darker, blue or grey tones and to use either no filter, or moodier options like Inkwell, Crema, Willow or Reyes. Conversely, healthier users opted for warmer tones like Valencia. It may seem strange to think about now, but analyzing users’ Instagram feeds could be a future diagnostic tool. There’s sure to be lots to analyze; as the study points out, Instagram members contribute nearly 100 million new posts a day.
Combined with the ever-rising membership rates on other sites, like Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn and Facebook, it’s clear that we’re more connected than ever. And while a multitude of studies have looked at the ways social media can harm our health (including impacting young women’s body image, increasing anxiety, and even becoming an addiction, offering insight into our mental health isn’t the only benefit of logging in. Here are 4 other ways social media can positively impact your health.
Increase Social Interaction
According to a study by William Chopik of Michigan State University, social media can promote a decrease in loneliness and improve mental and physical health among older adults. But these findings were not only exclusive to seniors. An Australian review of literature also discovered that younger generations were able to use social media to build and maintain positive interpersonal relationships, form an unique identity and promote a higher understanding of well-being, belonging, and most importantly, self-esteem.
Boost Your Mood
Don’t buy into the myth that social media is the path to sadness. One study found that moods spread from social media user to social media user and, surprisingly, positive posts make a bigger impact than negative ones. So, if you follow positive people, you’re likely to benefit from a mood boost. And if you post positive images, you can cause happiness boosts for your social world.
Meet Weight Loss Goals
Though Instagram and Facebook have been known to cause some body image issues, used in a healthy way, social media can actually be an effective motivation tool. A study published in the Translational Behavioral Medicine examined the benefits of finding social support in our online communities. Turns out, dieters who shared their goals on social media were more successful in meeting and sticking to their health goals.
Improve Public Health
Social media improves the overall health of you and your immediate social community, but it also adds another dimension to public health care. Based on a review of literature in the Journal of Medical Internet Research, 39 per cent of adults used social media for health care information. This included sharing and obtaining health messages, increased interactions with other patients and peer support that ultimately widens the public access to health information to those who may not easily access it through traditional methods, like younger generations.
Of course, these benefits depend on using social media responsibly, so remember to set a limit on the amount of time you spend on your social media sites for the day, challenge yourself to put away your phone when you are with your family or friends and if you begin to feel like your life isn’t that great in comparison to the photos and status updates posted on your Facebook, Instagram or Twitter feeds, remind yourself that people only post the best versions of themselves.
Highlights from the royal family's tour of Canada.
Following the royal couple’s 2011 Tour, this visit is their second official tour to Canada, and their first as a family of four. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, along with their children—three-year-old George and one-year-old Charlotte, who will be making her royal visit debut—will have a jam-packed schedule and a chance to meet many Canadians along the way.
The weeklong tour runs from September 24 to October 1 and will kick-off in the west with a focus on British Columbia and Yukon. The itinerary includes stops in Victoria, Vancouver, Bella Bella, Kelowna, and Haida Gwaii in British Columbia, and Whitehorse and Carcross in the Yukon. "They are really looking forward to seeing other parts of this beautiful country," said a spokesman for Kensington Palace.
The Royals have a jam-packed schedule (with approximately 30 events planned) and will engage in a number of events, including a visit to the Great Bear rainforest, sampling British Columbia’s harvest, going fishing sailing a tall ship, along with a focus on a number of environmental and social issues. "The Royal Highnesses will highlight the many Canadians who volunteer or work in obscurity. This Tour, more than any other, features important engagements with Indigenous people," said The Honourable Melanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is expected to welcome the royal family on Saturday in B. C. They will open the tour with a plaque unveiling for the veterans of the Afghanistan conflict.
We will be highlighting our favourite moments from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s visit. Stay tuned!
DAY 1 - Victoria, B.C.
The royal family arrived in Victoria, B.C. on Saturday, where they were greeted by Justin Trudeau, Sophie Gregoire Trudeau, B.C. Premier Christy Clark and her son and B.C. Lieutenant Governor Judith Guichon.
The family stepped off the plane wearing colour-coordinated outfits in white and blue. Kate wore a blue Jenny Packham dress, which was gorgeous, but a bit of a surprise for many who thought she might wear red. But she wasn't without any Canadian elements: she wore a maple leaf brooch on her lapel.
Thousands of Canadian fans gave the royal family a warm welcome outside the Legislative Assembly in Victoria.
"Catherine and I are delighted to be back in Canada," William told the crowd.
"We're so pleased that George and Charlotte could be with us in Canada this time around, beginning their own lifetime of friendship with this wonderful country."
Getty ImagesThe couple were officially welcomed by the Songhees First Nation and the ensuing ceremony included a performance by the Victoria Children's choir, a 21-gun salute and an official inspection of the honour guard.
Next stop? Vancouver on Sunday.
DAY 2 - Vancouver, B.C.
Will and Kate arrived in Vancouver at 11am on Sunday without George and Charlotte, who stayed in Victoria. As Prince William said yesterday during the welcoming ceremony, the royal couple is "very much looking forward to learning about how Canadians are tackling some of the biggest challenges of the day, including the environment, supporting young families, and the mental health of young people."
Their Vancouver itinerary focuses on a number of these issues, including a visit to an outreach program for pregnant women and women with young kids dealing with alcohol and drug issues in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver, the welcome centre at the Immigrant Services Society of B.C., meeting young Canadian leaders who are making a difference and speaking about mental health issues that first responders face at the Kitsalano Coast Guard Station.
The couple will return to Victoria at the end of the day.
The Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, always looks camera ready—whether she's hitting the red carpet or travelling the world.
Track Kate Middleton's style file—from her star-studded (and trend-starting) wedding to her latest looks in 2016.
Kate wore a blue, printed Altuzarra dress in September 2016, accessorizing with L. K. Bennett heels and clutch.
On a visit to mental health charity Young Minds UK, Kate wore a scarlett dress by L. K. Bennett.
The Duchess of Cambridge wore a favourite, L. K. Bennett, from head to toe. We've even seen this dress on Kate before!
Kate wore this stunning dress by Alexander McQueen to take in Andy Murray's win at Wimbledon in 2016.
At the 2016 Wimbledon tournament, Kate chose a bright yellow dress—a piece she wore to an event in Australia in 2014.
Kate joined in on the shoulder-baring trend, wearing this gorgeous white dress at the Natural History Museum in London.
At the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme, Kate wore a poppy on her elegant collared lace dress.
At the Royal Ascot horse racing event in England, Kate chose a crisp, white, lace Dolce and Gabbana number.
To celebrate Queen Elizabeth's 90th birthday, the duchess wore a beautiful blue coat dress by Catherine Walker.
Kate stunned in this royal blue dress at a SportsAid event in June, 2016.
We love the outdoorsy feeling of Kate's appearance in British Vogue's 100 year anniversary issue.
Here she is in a simple striped top in British Vogue's Centennial issue.
The Duke and Duchess sat on 'Diana's bench' infront of the Taj Mahal, where Princess Diana posed for photos during a 1992 tour. Kate wore a simple frock from Naeem Khan's 2015 Resort collection.
Kate is wearing a traditional Bhutanese look to attend a welcome procession in Bhutan's capital, Thimphu, and to later try archery, the country's national sport. Her "skirt" is actually a half-kira that has been elegantly paired with a Paul and Joe wool cape.
Kate attended the Bihu Festival celebrations in an Anna Sui silk chiffon maxi dress from the designer's fall 2015 collection.
Kate is sporting olive biker trousers from Zara and a ruffled button-down by RM Williams at Kaziranga National Park.
Kate narrowly missed a Marilyn-moment with this white Emilia Wickstead dress.
Kate wore a gorgeous two-piece ensemble by Temperley London in black and white for the Queen’s 90th birthday celebration in India.
Kate wore a prinited red maxi dress by Anita Dongre for the royal tour in India.
Kate wore this stunning green Temperley London dress as she continued the royal tour in India.
Kate kicked off the royal India tour with this red, printed number by Alexander McQueen.
Kate wore Indian designer Anita Dongre and tried her hand at cricket while wearing this gorgeous printed midi dress.
Kate kept it simple while she fed elephants at Kaziranga National Park in this Boho-chic Topshop dress. The dress is accented with black embroidery and tassel-tipped ties.
Kate wore one of her go-to designers, Jenny Packham, for her first formal, evening event in India.
This stunning royal blue dress with sheer detailing was a lovely look on the Duchess.
Kate wore an Alexander McQueen coat dress for the christening of Charlotte. The fit and flare style stayed true to Kate's preferred silhouette and the Jane Taylor hat completed the look.
Kate looked glamorous in Jenny Packham as she attended the London premiere of James Bond's Spectre.
The Duchess of Cambridge wore this lovely floral printed Erdem dress in late 2015.
The dress that launched a thousand lace-sleeved copy cats. Catherine married Prince William in a Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen gown fit for a princess.