Could Social Media Cause Depression in Children?

For years, many people have repeatedly drawn attention to the bad influence and addiction that can negatively shape the behavior of people attached to social networks. Recently, a general practitioner named Rangan Chatterjee in the United Kingdom received a 16-year-old boy after he injured himself and ended up in the hospital for accidents and emergencies.

After receiving the child, the first thought that animated the doctor “was to put him on antidepressants,” says the doctor. But chatting with the boy, Chatterjee quickly suspected a cause-and-effect relationship between his use of social media and his poor mental health.

Dr. Chatterjee, therefore, suggested a simple solution – the teenager should try to wean himself off social media, limiting himself to just an hour before going to bed. In the course of a few weeks, he should extend this to two hours at night and two in the morning. After a

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For years, many people have repeatedly drawn attention to the bad influence and addiction that can negatively shape the behavior of people attached to social networks. Recently, a general practitioner named Rangan Chatterjee in the United Kingdom received a 16-year-old boy after he injured himself and ended up in the hospital for accidents and emergencies.

After receiving the child, the first thought that animated the doctor “was to put him on antidepressants,” says the doctor. But chatting with the boy, Chatterjee quickly suspected a cause-and-effect relationship between his use of social media and his poor mental health.

Dr. Chatterjee, therefore, suggested a simple solution – the teenager should try to wean himself off social media, limiting himself to just an hour before going to bed. In the course of a few weeks, he should extend this to two hours at night and two in the morning. After applying this solution for a while, the doctor noted a significant improvement in the child’s well-being. And after six months, the teenager’s mother sent a letter to the doctor stating that he was happier at school and integrated into his local community.

From this case, if we still had doubts about the negative consequences of social networks on the behavior of users, for the doctor, it is clearly established without any other form of proof that “social media has a negative impact on mental health.” He added: “I think it’s a big problem and we need rules: how to educate society to use technology to help us rather than harm us?”

Some people have long seen the drawbacks associated with addiction to technology in general and adopted radical solutions. Among these people, we have for example Steve Jobs who told Nick Bilton in 2010 during an interview that his children had never used an iPad. He added that “we limit the use of new technologies at home.” It is not only Steve Job who is aware of the dangers to which children or young people are exposed. Evan Williams, one of the founders of Twitter also said a few years ago that his two boys do not have iPad, but rather books that they can read at any time.

To go in the same direction, a group of experts from the Child Welfare sent the end of last month a letter Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to ask him to close Messenger Kids, the first application of the Facebook social network designed specifically for children under 13 years old. As arguments put forward, the group explains that this could create an addiction to digital devices and social media in children, which would have the effect of undermining the good development of children.

For Louise Theodosiou, a psychiatrist-counselor at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital in the UK, one of the most precise indications that children spend too much time on their phone is their behavior during a session with a doctor. Psychiatrist. According to her, “two or three years ago, it was very unusual for a child to answer their phone or a message at a meeting, but now it’s common.”

And among those who are addicted to these technologies, Theodosiou argues that some children, even if they are not numerous, are so addicted that they stopped coming out of their room because of their dependence on social media, gaming platforms or both. “These children live in a fictional world, sometimes to the detriment of their physical health.

A study from the University of Glasgow has shown that many teens are so invested in social media and so anxious to miss messages that they log in the middle of the night to make updates to their account, leading to sleep deprivation.

Other children are so attached to these networks that parents are forced to sleep with the home router to ensure that children can not connect to the wifi in the middle of the night, reports Theodosiou. Besides, even for children whose use of social media may be considered normal, there are still dangers in how the Internet has become an intermediary in the lives of friends and celebrities, warns the counselor.

According to Dr. Theodosiou’s analysis, one of the reasons for the poor influence of these networks on young people is that “young people need to look at others compulsively and get angry because they feel that their life is not like that of others. She added that they think their friends have a better life than themselves, even if they only see an idealized version of the lives of others.

To provide solutions to this phenomenon that is not universally accepted, Karim Palant, Director of Public Policy for Facebook in the UK, told the BBC: “Our research shows that when we use social media to communicate with people who are dear to us, this can be beneficial for our well-being. Apple, for its part, has recently faced calls from its investors to act on smartphone addiction, with software that limits how long children can use their device.

But for Dr. Theodosiou parents can keep an eye on the time children spend online and make sure it does not interfere with activities such as socializing, exercising, eating and sleep, or consider banning devices at mealtimes and take them away an hour before bedtime. The doctor also advises to talk “regularly to children about what they are doing online, messages they have written that day, who they are friends with and how it affects their mood.”

But these solutions will they effectively address the problem?

Fake News is Less Manipulative Than Thought

Fake News has been a hot topic since the 2016 US election campaign. A new study now suggests that fake news is not as powerful as it is supposed to do. Although the maliciously misinformed websites spread quickly, they are virtually never the only source of information for users.

According to the three authors, it is the first study on fake news that deals with users and their network behavior rather than focusing on the websites themselves. As the New York Times writes, it came as a surprise result: even extreme users, who had positioned themselves clearly on the pro-Trump side of the US election campaign, consumed significantly more real than fake news.

The study is based on the analysis of the browser data of approximately 2525 US Americans who had voluntarily a

Fake News has been a hot topic since the 2016 US election campaign. A new study now suggests that fake news is not as powerful as it is supposed to do. Although the maliciously misinformed websites spread quickly, they are virtually never the only source of information for users.

According to the three authors, it is the first study on fake news that deals with users and their network behavior rather than focusing on the websites themselves. As the New York Times writes, it came as a surprise result: even extreme users, who had positioned themselves clearly on the pro-Trump side of the US election campaign, consumed significantly more real than fake news.

The study is based on the analysis of the browser data of approximately 2525 US Americans who had voluntarily agreed to this process. It also analyzed all website visits before and after the election in 2016. Websites that had posted at least two proven false news were added to the Fake News category.

80 percent of the articles supported Donald Trump against Hillary Clinton. Accordingly, the ten percent of the strongest Trump supporters accounted for around 65 percent of visits to the relevant websites. But these users also consumed significantly less fake news than was often assumed: six percent of the Trump supporters ‘and one percent of the Clinton supporters’ news was fake news – the rest was classic and factually correct news sites.

The study does not exclude the possibility of fake news influence on the election results but clearly argues that this phenomenon had the assumed power.

One result of the analysis, however, Facebook’s recently announced the change of strategy on the subject right: Although marked the social network for some months fake news – but there was, according to the study, anyone who has consumed both the fake news and the fact to check.

Are We Successful in Our Relationships?

Lovely emoticons flood our Facebook page. With every new update, WhatsApp and other such social media pages add another set of mind-blowing emoticons. We will search and search for the right emoticon to express our exact state of mind and heart when we chat with others in our group.

Nice. Really nice!

We will be oh- so – professionally courteous to our colleagues, superiors, and juniors in our workplace. We will bow down and say thank you. We will warmly hold on to their hands to express our appreciation. We will smile and give people a thumbs up to show them that we respect their work. We will hug people professionally to give a personal touch to our professionalism.

Nice. Really nice!

But do we ever appreciate or even express our emotions to our family members? Why do we reserve such basic common courtesies for people who fall in our second and third

Lovely emoticons flood our Facebook page. With every new update, WhatsApp and other such social media pages add another set of mind-blowing emoticons. We will search and search for the right emoticon to express our exact state of mind and heart when we chat with others in our group.

Nice. Really nice!

We will be oh- so – professionally courteous to our colleagues, superiors, and juniors in our workplace. We will bow down and say thank you. We will warmly hold on to their hands to express our appreciation. We will smile and give people a thumbs up to show them that we respect their work. We will hug people professionally to give a personal touch to our professionalism.

Nice. Really nice!

But do we ever appreciate or even express our emotions to our family members? Why do we reserve such basic common courtesies for people who fall in our second and third circles? Why do we hesitate to show our appreciation and our gratitude to our immediate family?

A father spends two and a half decades of his life to give his children a decent education. A mother spends an entire lifetime taking care of the physical and emotional needs of the entire family. Sisters go out of their way to do things for their dear brothers. Brothers go out of their way to do things for their sisters.

And last but not the least; children go out of their way to do things for their aging parents.

Yet, there is never any appreciation for their time, money, efforts and love.

Yes, this post may well end up in the category called – Philosophy for youth.

That surely does not mean that only the youth needs a big dose of philosophy.

Because of all of us, at all ages, need to think about such things.

I would like to deviate a little from the main topic to make a crucial point here:

I watched a video clipping of about 4 minutes over Whatsapp. A lovely young lass comes jogging over from the seashore one fine evening and sits beside a middle-aged young woman. They start chatting, and the woman briefly shares her current predicament in life with this youngster. Her married son and daughter in law apparently left her when she reprimanded him over some domestic issue. She stated with a quiet dignity about how we all enter this world crying and wailing our lungs out and how we need to master the art of learning to smile despite the setbacks we face in life.

Why are youngsters always blamed for such situations? Why do we so conveniently shift the blame to people who are not around? Why do we judge and condemn people without knowing the real issue?

Relationships matter. Relationships matter the most in all our lives. Yet, when it comes to compromising or adapting or changing outdated ideas, we all struggle.

Appreciation is not always about being courteous. ‘Please’ and ‘Thank you’ may grease and ease out strained relationships. But they will never solve the real issues within the relationship.

Appreciation is also not about acknowledging the effort that goes into making a great dish at home or completing a difficult project with a complete focus on the time frame and quality.

Appreciation is about observing how our mother goes about doing the most mundane tasks at home quietly, willingly and cheerfully.

Appreciation is about how a deadline or quality is maintained despite a crisis on the home front.

Appreciation is about how that security guard at the office gate always greets us with a smile despite our eternally preoccupied state of mind.

Appreciation is about how our children put up with all our outdated beliefs and notions even when they personally do not believe in them. They do this because they love us!

Appreciation is about how our parents tolerate our ridiculous flighty dreams quietly and are always there to support us and pick us up when we come crashing down from our dream world!

Look up. Look within. Look around. Look down. Look through people. Look….See…..Observe…………Feel……

Let’s respect people for what they represent. Let’s love people the way they are. Let’s connect with people to broaden our perspectives of life. Let’s communicate openly with people to share our thoughts and feelings.

Let us learn to express ourselves through our hearts and souls instead of using those lovely emoticons and one-sided video clippings that show people how we should feel about things and situations.

Father’s Day, Mother’s Day, Valentine’s Day, Raksha Bandhan…..we may well have dedicated a day in a year to celebrate all our relationships. But unless we connect at a personal, emotional level we cannot really call any relationship a successful one.

A relationship, any relationship thrives on love.

A relationship, any relationship connects two people.

And unless there is mutual understanding, two-way communication and a shift in perspectives from both ends………we cannot really call any relationship a successful one.

The Energy Consumed by a Bitcoin Transaction Equals that of 8 Homes in a Day

While the prices of cryptocurrency continue to soar, reaching the threshold of 7,000 dollars, Bitcoin is now a real energy drain. This is in any case what reveals a recent study conducted by Digiconomist. Indeed, according to the results of this study, a Bitcoin transaction would consume as much energy as eight American households combined. The value of the virtual currency would push the miners to use machines more and more powerful and increasingly greedy energy to extract the maximum of chips.

According to Digitronics, the current value of bitcoin would push miners to use machines that can consume up to 24 terawatt hours per year. It is the equivalent of the consumption of a country like Nigeria with its 186 million inhabitants over the same period. This equates to an average of 215-kilowatt-hours of energy consumed by miners for each transaction.

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While the prices of cryptocurrency continue to soar, reaching the threshold of 7,000 dollars, Bitcoin is now a real energy drain. This is in any case what reveals a recent study conducted by Digiconomist. Indeed, according to the results of this study, a Bitcoin transaction would consume as much energy as eight American households combined. The value of the virtual currency would push the miners to use machines more and more powerful and increasingly greedy energy to extract the maximum of chips.

According to Digitronics, the current value of bitcoin would push miners to use machines that can consume up to 24 terawatt hours per year. It is the equivalent of the consumption of a country like Nigeria with its 186 million inhabitants over the same period. This equates to an average of 215-kilowatt-hours of energy consumed by miners for each transaction.

The number of transactions per day is estimated at 300,000 currently, so it represents enough energy to feed the average American home for more than a week. The study also points out that the energy consumed by miners worldwide could suffice the electricity needs of 2.26 million US households.

The figures revealed by this study come to raise the question of the actual value provided by Bitcoin in view of the amount of energy required by transactions, but especially the environmental impact. Since 2015, the energy consumption of minors continues to grow and is far superior to that of conventional digital payment methods. This is because the dollar value of bitcoin is directly proportional to the amount of electricity used to exploit it. As the price goes up, the energy consumption follows.

Even if the model used in the study is not accurate, it gives an idea of the problem of extracting Bitcoin if it continues at this rate. Such energy consumption generates a considerable carbon emission. In fact, the study reveals that a single mine is responsible for 13,000 kg of CO2 emissions per bitcoin, i.e. between 24,000 and 40,000 kg of CO2 per hour. This represents the average fuel consumption of a car that has traveled 203,000 kilometers, according to a study of car CO2 emissions in Europe.

In a global context marked by climate change resulting in forest fires, droughts, and floods, it is pertinent to ask the question of the environmental impact of Bitcoin. Some observers believe that the problem will only get worse given the direct relationship between energy consumption and the number of transactions processed.

Even if there are initiatives that try to limit the environmental impact including increasing the number of transactions processed to reduce network congestion, it is still marginal because Bitcoin is several thousand times less effective than a network of cards credit.

Goodbye Office, Welcome Work Space

“You are a product of your environment, so choose the environment that will allow you to develop the best to achieve your goal. What surrounds you leads to success, or does it move you away? “(W. Clement Stone)

The importance of the workplace understood as a physical space; a workplace has become increasingly essential in the organization of companies and companies. Over time, the new awareness has emerged about the innovative office as a strategic tool for productivity, collaboration, and growth.

Of course, for every business, there are different features to keep in mind, but the right office can really make the difference for the workers, placing them in a more motivating environment to face big challenges and new projects.

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“You are a product of your environment, so choose the environment that will allow you to develop the best to achieve your goal. What surrounds you leads to success, or does it move you away? “(W. Clement Stone)

The importance of the workplace understood as a physical space; a workplace has become increasingly essential in the organization of companies and companies. Over time, the new awareness has emerged about the innovative office as a strategic tool for productivity, collaboration, and growth.

Of course, for every business, there are different features to keep in mind, but the right office can really make the difference for the workers, placing them in a more motivating environment to face big challenges and new projects.

According to a recent Sodexo report, among the ten trends in workplaces for 2017, three important factors need to be considered:

1. The increase in collaboration within co-working spaces that nowadays act at a new level, as it is no longer a mere place to share physical space and resources, but also a tool for interaction among workers encouraging new approaches to solve complex problems every day from different business projects.

2. The management of the physical space and the use of technology in the workplace allow workers to experience their environment in a new way to optimize the interior spaces can afford to support the work also outside of the walls of the offices. Cloud and smart working are just some of the examples from which to go.

3. Preventing health problems through ergonomic workstations, medical visits and a new approach to the physical and psychological well-being of employees may have a positive effect on the community in which the company operates. Even the workplace can become a place to take care of people.

Starting from these premises, we have selected three exemplary workplaces from which to draw inspiration, not only in terms of technology but for a comprehensive review of corporate culture.

The best-known example, the Google model

Speaking of Innovative Bureaus Google is probably the exemplary example. Here the spaces are designed to stimulate creativity and side thinking, to find new solutions to problems not yet addressed.

This is the first company that has promoted its home-based workplace for employees: billiards and bowling billiards, the ability to eat and play sports in the corporate spaces, the armchairs designed for relaxation that stimulates productivity.

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For this reason, in 2016 Google (Alphabet) was at the top of the list compiled by Business Insider on the 50 best companies to work in the United States.

The innovative office becomes a flywheel for greater creativity, productivity, and well-being of employees and their families.

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If collaboration is the keyword for the new approach to work, flexibility is what will characterize spaces in the perspective of the innovative office. Even apparently rigid locations can adapt and move for a worker’s empowerment.

In the rooms dedicated to research and learning, North Carolina State University has a mix of private collaborative halls. These are informal spaces where classic reading rooms and furnishings can be used to invent a completely personal environment.

Thanks to the flexibility of the spaces, companies can respond to the need for team collaboration, and architects need to be addressed during the space design phase.

According to a study published by the Harvard Business Review, when workers do not have an assigned desk, the interaction between people grows by 17% : the ideal medium way is to not completely eliminate the seats assigned to the office but to vary team building over time, or using mobile desks to respond to the different projects you are working on.

Flexibility, technological innovation, collaboration, eco-sustainability and green spaces. After you know these trends for the innovative office, what do you think? What other aspects of workplaces should change companies in the near future to allow workers to be even more productive?

Facebook Creates Special Post to Offer And Solicit Blood Donations

Facebook has numerous publishing options to demonstrate opinions and positions of its users, such as landmark events and organ donation. To encourage blood donation, the social network now allows its users to post on their timelines by declaring themselves donors and even soliciting donations from others.

The platform will provide a special publication type for those who are looking for donations, being able to request a specific blood type and also include where they should be made. The purpose here is very clear: to make life easier for those who need donations and to make this message common and widely disseminated.

You can register as a donor and provide detailed information such as your blood type. In addition, the information is posted privately within the social network, initially available only to the user. Then you can change the visibility so that other Facebook p

Facebook has numerous publishing options to demonstrate opinions and positions of its users, such as landmark events and organ donation. To encourage blood donation, the social network now allows its users to post on their timelines by declaring themselves donors and even soliciting donations from others.

The platform will provide a special publication type for those who are looking for donations, being able to request a specific blood type and also include where they should be made. The purpose here is very clear: to make life easier for those who need donations and to make this message common and widely disseminated.

You can register as a donor and provide detailed information such as your blood type. In addition, the information is posted privately within the social network, initially available only to the user. Then you can change the visibility so that other Facebook participants can check it out.

Although excellent, the initiative will only be available in India starting October 1st. The Facebook does not clarify whether the goal is to bring this type of publication to other locations, but it is quite likely to happen at some point.

Audi Wants to Study the Brains of Autonomous Passenger Cars

Audi is committed to making the future of self-propelled cars the least traumatic possible for people and has launched the “25th Hour” project to understand better what this type of vehicle does right or wrong. However, the answer will not come from conventional research, but from people’s brains.

In a simulator, created in partnership with the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering, the brand decided to apply augmented reality to an environment that mimics a four-seater with seats facing each other.

The glasses are integrated displays, and all the surroundings are images generated with the help of projectors. The idea is to replicate a trip in a fully autonomous, level 5 vehicle and identify how certain aspects, such as lighting, noise, and interaction with notificat

Audi is committed to making the future of self-propelled cars the least traumatic possible for people and has launched the “25th Hour” project to understand better what this type of vehicle does right or wrong. However, the answer will not come from conventional research, but from people’s brains.

In a simulator, created in partnership with the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering, the brand decided to apply augmented reality to an environment that mimics a four-seater with seats facing each other.

The glasses are integrated displays, and all the surroundings are images generated with the help of projectors. The idea is to replicate a trip in a fully autonomous, level 5 vehicle and identify how certain aspects, such as lighting, noise, and interaction with notifications and other internal functions, affect users positively or negatively.

Preliminary tests were done with 30 people; all considered “Millennials receptive to autonomous cars,” who underwent an electroencephalogram (EEG) to have their responses measured directly through the brain, in addition to electrodermal sensors to capture other physical reactions related to the experience.

People were given different stimuli, such as noises, social media updates, and the amount of light in the environment, as well as having some tasks that should be fulfilled during the process.

The conclusion of the Audi brand was that certain conditions might favor specific behaviors such as conversation, productivity or relax while walking around. The expectation of the brand is that the project will continue for some time.