Study: More Time on Facebook Could Mean Worse Body Image for Women – US News

As if you need another reason to spend less time on Facebook.

An international team of researchers has found that spending more time on the social media site could hurt a woman’s body image.

The findings, set to be presented at a conference next month in Seattle, could have implications for those suffering eating disorders.

“Public health professionals who work in the area of eating disorders and their prevention now have clear evidence of how social media relates to college women’s body image and eating disorders,” one of the researchers, Petya Eckler, a journalism lecturer at the University of Strathclyde in Scotland, said in a statement. “As experts in the field know, poor body image can gradually lead to developing an unhealthy relationship with food.”

In fact, because Facebook users are often looking at photos of people they know, browsing social media could ultimately prove more fraught than flipping through the pages of the latest Vogue or Cosmo, she said.

“These comparisons are much more relevant and hit closer to home,” Eckler argued. “Yet they may be just as unrealistic as the images we see on traditional media.”

Eckler and two other researchers — Yusuf Kalyango of Ohio University and Ellen Paasch of the University of Iowa — surveyed 881 college women about their Facebook use, exercise, eating habits and body image. The team found that it was able to predict how often the volunteers compared their own bodies to those of their friends, and how often they felt badly about their bodies after looking at someone else’s posts or photos.

“While time spent on Facebook had no relation to eating disorders, it did predict worse body image among participants,” Eckler said.

via Study: More Time on Facebook Could Mean Worse Body Image for Women – US News.

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So do you want your daughters to develop a poor body image or eating disorder?

Obviously no one would want that so the answerer is obvious – Quit Facebook 

 

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Social media: government sees and hears all

After the Immigration Department pressured a Sydney woman to remove a Facebook post, Noel Towell examines the extent of government monitoring of social media.

In an office in the Immigration Department’s Canberra headquarters in early 2011, a public servant was hunched in front of a computer monitor experimenting with something called Radian 6.

The bureaucrat was testing the capacity of the software to monitor Twitter comments about the politically-charged department.

Elsewhere in the building, the former bureaucrat believes, others were testing the ability of the software to keep tabs on other social media platforms, and to give the department’s bosses – and their political masters – a high-tech picture of who was saying what about them and their policies.

Immigration was initially excited by the software, which, by using the right key words, could compile lists, almost instantaneously, of people tweeting about certain issues: keywords such as “detention” “asylum” and “Malaysia solution”.

“It gave you a long list of people who had tweeted using any of those words,” the former bureaucrat told Fairfax.

“The program can also create a sort of concept map, showing you the users who were making the most comments.”

Another former departmental employee confirms the trials took place but has a different take on the official enthusiasm for Radian 6.

Managers were impressed with the power of the software, the employee says. But in the end even Immigration, with its large unit of spin doctors, didn’t have the manpower to trawl through the sheer volume of online “shite” generated and the program was not adopted for service.

Three years later, Radian is now commonly used in the commercial world to keep tabs on their “mentions” and the software is no longer the weapon of choice for the public service.

A program called BuzzNumbers is now used throughout Canberra’s government departments to routinely do what Immigration was dreaming of back in 2011; to monitor the online interests of millions of Australians.

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Do you finally now understand that there is NO PRIVACY on Facebook? Is the message finally getting through?

Surely the fact that some fat middle aged bald guy in his late 50′s is able to legally trawl through every thing that you do on Facebook etc is enough to at least make you think about quitting? But then if you don’t care about your account and information how do you feel about the fact that they can and DO monitor everything your 13 year old daughter does? What about your 18 year olds, what about your Wife or Husband?

Do you care that your Government monitors and demands that certain people remove certain posts and information?

If you do then take back your lives and Quit Facebook.

If you don’t, well that is exactly the way Facebook wants it.

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Why I Quit Facebook And Why You Should Too | Elite Daily

I’m no longer on Facebook. I was for many years, but I couldn’t put up with it any longer, as I derived zero pleasure from it, yet couldn’t stop looking at it. I realize that I’m leaving behind the ability to see photos of my childhood friends’ children, engagement announcements from acquaintances and photos of your gourmet dinner.

But I won’t be missed. With only an occasional photo comment and the requisite birthday thank you, I’ve kept my Facebook footprint to a minimum. Facebook operates more or less as a left-out-in-the-open diary for a generation whose inherent need for reassurances and “likes” has become too much for me to process. I had been contemplating the move for a while — when creeping around on Facebook became too laborious, I conceded that it had nothing left to offer me.

via Why I Quit Facebook And Why You Should Too | Elite Daily.

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Kids to speak up about bullying | Sky News Australia

Kids to speak up about bullying | Sky News Australia

Mental health group KidsMatter is urging parents to use the national day against bullying to chat with their children about their online activities.

About 2000 Australian schools have signed up to take part in the fourth National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence on Friday.

The aim of the day is to help children prevent and intervene in cases of bullying before they go too far.

KidsMatter psychologist Dr Lyn O’Grady told AAP regular, ongoing and non-confrontational conversations between parents and children were best, ‘getting kids to know it’s OK to talk about it (and) you won’t ban them from using (social media),’ she said.

According to KidsMatter, about one in five children have reported being victims of cyberbullying.

Cyberbullying can have serious mental health effects and, to many of its child victims, can seem inescapable.

Dr O’Grady says that’s not surprising, considering how many children use the internet.

Cyberbullying can be more pervasive than bullying in the schoolyard and can ‘happen where you are’, she said.

Bully Zero chief executive Oscar Yildiz is encouraging kids to shut off and ‘detox’ from social media for 48 hours.

‘It’s a serious issue,’ he told Macquarie Radio on Friday.

‘By 2020, the challenge with social media will be the biggest issue facing Australians.’

But Dr O’Grady said shutting off all technology could leave children socially ostracised in the digital era.

The National Day of Action focuses on all types of bullying and violence impacting children.

This year Facebook, in partnership with anti-bullying group Project Rockit, will hold a safety workshop for Sydney high school students.

via Kids to speak up about bullying | Sky News Australia.

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OK people, somebody out there has got to stop for just a second and really think about this article.

This issue has become so bad that there is now a national day against bullying. And they suggest that you use this day as an opportunity to chat with your children about their online activities. Lets just review a couple of these incredulous statements:

  • ‘By 2020, the challenge with social media will be the biggest issue facing Australians.’ and the only thing we can do about it is have a chat with our kids!! Is that all?
  • ‘It’s a serious issue,’ he told Macquarie Radio on Friday and all we can do it chat about it!!
  • Cyberbullying can have serious mental health effects and, to many of its child victims, can seem inescapableSerious mental health effects – and all we can do is chat about it!!

And then after all this they say don’t ban them from it or else they may feel ostracised. They clearly must be insane.

Why? Let’s look at this logically. If the issue here was not social media but lets say alcohol, would we treat it the same way? If the alcohol was causing serious mental health issues (and it does) would we just chat to our alcoholic children about it or would we take the alcohol away?

The fact is that social media was never intended for children. Many adults cannot cope with this virtual world so how can we imagine that our children ever would?

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How Facebook users are being scammed by ‘naked friends’

How Facebook users are being scammed by 'naked friends' | Technology | Tech News and Latest New Technology | | Herald Sun

Don’t be tempted to check out your friends in the buff. A Facebook virus is currently doing the rounds promising videos of your naked mates.

ANOTHER day, another online scam you should be aware of.

This time, internet security company Bitdefender has identified a virus preying on the carnal temptations of Facebook users by sending messages promising to have a naked video of their friends.

Those who can’t resist and click to have a peek will be redirected to a fake YouTube website where a Trojan is deployed and malware installed on your machine with the intent to not only spread the virus but also compromise your private data.

To make the scam more credible, cyber-criminals also increased the number of views of the adult video and included “age-restricted” subtitles based on “Community Guidelines.” The date is also adjusted to imply real-time content.

Scammers have made this fake YouTube site look real enough to fool.

If you have ashamedly clicked on the link you’re not alone as more than two million users have allegedly done the same. The virus hit Australia shortly after its debut and has since seen more than 2000 people infected according to research released by Bitdefender Labs.

To avoid being infected dodge clicking on any messages titled in the following way:

“[user's name] private video”

“[user's name] naked video”

“XXX private video”

via How Facebook users are being scammed by ‘naked friends’ | Technology | Tech News and Latest New Technology | | Herald Sun.

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Yaaaaa not only does Facebook tell you how many friends you have (90% of them being strangers) now you can see them naked! Don’t want to get infected by this or thousands of other facebook scams then Quit Facebook

We know, you would if you could, you would actually like to, you have actually been thinking about it but……….. which is so sad. But you can do it, life will not end. How do we know? Because tens of thousands have done it already and yes they are still around but now more alive then they have been for years. It’s something to do with PHYSICAL social contact. You could have this too. But to really experience it you have to Quit Facebook first.

Find out why these people quit the big FB

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Facebook and Others Predict Life Events Based on What You Post | Russ Warner

More than 1 billion users give Facebook their personal info every day, including basics such as name, city, school, employment, relationship status, interests, events attended, etc.

But in spite of the option to set your privacy settings to “high,” Facebook continues to gather more and more data about you. In reality, that basic stuff is a fraction of the information users willingly and unknowingly hand over.

Here is another list of information that Facebook collects from your everyday actions:

  • Who you talk to
  • Where you eat
  • Pics you like
  • Comments you make
  • Pages you like
  • Businesses you like

What Facebook users don’t know is that although they may withhold information from their personal profile, Facebook analyzes data from daily activities to learn more about a user… to the point of being able to predict major life events.

For example, Carlos Diuk, a Facebook data scientist, shared that he can predict if and when two people will be in a relationship.

Diuk said, “We observe a peak of 1.67 posts per day 12 days before the relationship begins, and a lowest point of 1.53 posts per day 85 days into the relationship. Presumably, couples decide to spend more time together, courtship is off, and online interactions give way to more interactions in the physical world.” (Source.)

So, Facebook is able to predict relationship status. I previously wrote about credit card companies trying to use social network information to predict credit scores.

Over one-third of university admissions boards are using social network information to predict the quality of students. Employers check out an applicant’s online life to determine the type of employee they might hire.

The Future

Perhaps life insurance providers will create a risk profile based on your posts and comments? That profile could be affected by comments you made about bungee jumping, high speed driving, drunken brawls, skipping work because of a hangover, taking prescriptions pills that aren’t yours, etc.

Google and Microsoft have created amazing search tools, but there are other high tech start-ups taking “search” to a new level. Indeed, the CIA and Google have invested in a Swedish company, Recorded Future, founded in 2009. This group has tools to help “businesses anticipate risks and capitalize on opportunities using open source information.” In a nutshell, they use public information to predict “things.”

As we share more information and spend more time on social networks, there won’t be much that we can keep private.

What to do?

Be aware and more careful of what you do and say online. If you don’t want it printed in a headline for all to see, don’t write it.

Take time occasionally to remove previous posts, comments, photos, and likes. Better still, delete accounts for social networks you no longer use.

Monitor your child’s activities on social networks with a social network monitoring tool. They will thank you later.

Though users may withhold information or make their profiles private on social networks, it doesn’t mean much anymore with futuristic data analysis techniques.

After all, actions such as “posts” and “friends” and “likes” now speak louder than words.

via Facebook and Others Predict Life Events Based on What You Post | Russ Warner.

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Employers check out an applicant’s online life to determine the type of employee they might hire.

Did you or your child wonder why they didn’t get that job they were “perfect” for? Was it because of a few photos on Facebook from last weekends party that the prospective employer didn’t like? A profile photo of two people holding a beer could be taken so many different ways. A photo of two 18 year old men holding a beer could be viewed as fine by a Female employer. But what impression does she get from the same photo of two 18 year old girls? Does she ponder the profile picture during the interview of an apparent bright and well mannered young lady, and wonder if she is just a typical party animal and not yet mature enough for this job? The employer may not post a similar picture of themselves so why would they hire someone who does? JOB LOST BECAUSE OF FACEBOOK!!!!!

But in spite of the option to set your privacy settings to “high,” Facebook continues to gather more and more data about you. In reality, that basic stuff is a fraction of the information users willingly and unknowingly hand over.

We will say it over and over and over. Facebook does not want you to have any privacy whatsoever. This is why they “keep updating” things and ooops your private stuff is public AGAIN. Oh sorry people you just need to modify your settings again. Has this happened to you before?

Don’t live your life on Facebook etc. Your family needs you – IN PERSON. Your friends need you IN PERSON. Facebook has only been around since 2004. Can you believe it? You lived your life without it before and you can do it again.

Ask yourself this question. With all the time you have spent and are spending on Facebook how are your relationships with your immediate family? What about your friends? Could they be better? Any time you spend on Facebook IS TIME TAKEN FROM THEM.

It’s not worth it Quit Facebook Now.

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Unsocial Media: The Impact of Facebook on Building True Community

Originally posted on Julie Williams Armstrong:

Social media is hindering our ability to build true community.

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There are 1.3 billion users on Facebook and yet, I suspect that as individuals in a society, we’ve never felt so alone. Consider your current Facebook feed. More than likely, it’s a mosh pit of:

  • Look at these pictures of my fabulous vacation
  • Listen to me complain about the weather
  • Help me to find a box of legos for my kid
  • Watch this ridiculous video of my cat
  • Congratulate me on my latest fitness goal
  • Celebrate my recent project success

Do you see the pattern? Me. ME. ME!!!!!

Now before I get too far, let me confess: Yes, I have a Facebook and I use it fairly regularly. My husband and I recently relocated our family to another state for work, so I particularly appreciate Facebook for keeping tabs on the friends and family we left and so they can keep tabs on…

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