Social Media’s Bad Impact On Health

Social Media is having a bad impact on our food choices. It seems the more time you spend on social media, the worse your food choices.

I found this on the Food Network’s own blogs:

“A cross-sectional study of about 9,000 middle- and high-school students conducted by Canadian researchers and published in the British Journal of Nutrition concluded that the more time teens spent on social media sites – like Instagram, Vine, Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook and Twitter – the more likely they were to make poor nutritional choices, like not eating breakfast or drinking sugary beverages and energy drinks. Teens who used social networking sites for less than one hour a day had a 67 percent higher chance of drinking sugary beverages, while those who used them for just under two or five hours had a 90 percent and a 3.3-fold increase, respectively, in the odds of doing so, according to the researchers.”

This echos similar studies of adults. The more time on Facebook and Pinterest, especially, equaled more poor food choices.

So, why is this?

Well, the social media culture is all about instant gratification. They want entertainment now and are willing to go where it is. This now translates to all aspects of life: relationships, jobs, pets, and yes, food.

Good food takes time and effort. But, in the instant gratification culture, time isn’t something people want to give up.

Notice I say give up. They have the time, they just want to spend it on social media.

So, rather than make whole wheat pasta, they opt for white pasta, or worse: the instant pastas that are now coming out. It’s partially cooked and filled with preservatives.

Rather than fresh fruits and vegetables, they are choosing frozen vegetables and pre-cut up ones in the stores. The cut up veggies are often the old, partially bad vegetables they can’t sell.

Rather than making a meal, they go out or buy it nearly make whole. Instead of the farmers market, they opt for 1-stop shopping at a huge box store.

Plus, statistics show that you are 200% more likely to opt for a microwave meal than making something on the stove if you spend more than 1 hour on social media per day.

What can we do about it? It turns out it, all our choice. We can opt to spend less time on these time wasters called social media. We can spend more time making good healthy foods.

I saw all this knowing you most likely found me on a social media site. Well, now make your choice: good healthy foods or lazy computer surfing.

Social Media Effects

Social media

Social media is the combination of online communications channels committed to group-oriented input, communication, information sharing, and relationship. Various types of applications and websites which are devoted to social networks, blogging, forums, wikis and social bookmarking form the different types of social media. The most common types are Facebook, YouTube, Google+, WhatsApp, Twitter, QQ, WeChat, Qzone, OLX, Instagram, LinkedIn, Tumblr, Skype, Viber, Snapchat, Pinterest, MySpace, Meetme, Meetup, Mixi, Tout, Douban, Flickr, Buzznet, Wehearit, and Friendster These social websites have approximately 100,000,000 registered users. Although there are different types of social media they use many common features such as Consumers create service-oriented profiles for the website and applications that are planned, and upheld by the association. The user-created material, such as digital images, posts, videos, comments and data shared through online interfaces. All type of Social media is interactive internet applications which enable the growth of online social networks by linking a user’s profile with those of other persons or groups.

Users usually contact social media facilities via web-based tools on computers, or download services from internet applications to their cell phones, through these services, users can generate highly collaborating platforms through which persons, groups, and establishments can segment, co-create, debate, and revise user-created data or pre-built content displayed online. They present considerable and prevalent changes to communiqué between trades, establishments, societies, and personalities.It has modified the communication between the persons and large establishments. Researchers study these changes and new Technologies are being introduced as a result of these changes. It is different from the traditional print and electronic media in various aspects, such as grasp, customer, value, reach, occurrence, interaction, usage, nearness, and durability. Its channels operate in a dialogic mode of transmission whereas old-style media used monologic transmission mode.

Facebook is widely used in all the countries, 84 percent of young Americans are its user. Almost 60 percent teenagers have social media profiles, a majority of people spend a minimum of two hours daily on social networking sites and the time spend on these sites is greater than the time spent on another type of sites. The total time spent on social sites in the USA was 66 billion minutes in 2012 now it reached to 121 billion minutes. It has become a source of professional prospects and financial profits.

Social media has a lot of good and bad effects. It gives a chance of linkage with actual or virtual groups, and it is a real publicizing instrument for businesses, financiers, charitable establishments, as well as support groups, politicians, and administrations. Its substantial use is also proved as a cause of sadness, cyberbullying online persecution and wandering.

We cannot define social media by its aptitude to fetch people together, according to this description telegraph and telephone can be its types, Actually social media is typically used to pronounce social networking sites such as: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Snapchat, Instagram and Wechat permits their use to make their private Profiles to share ideas, images, videos, to talk with each other and update each other with the new things, events and happenings while doing their daily deeds and routine jobs.

Peculiarity of Social media-The Content Spread like Virus

Sometimes contents that are posted on social sites have likely to spread like a virus on social networks. The users will reshare the content posted by some other user to their social network, resulting in further sharing. Posts like North Korea Atomic Bomb Explosion, fast-breaking news like the news of Michel Jackson death have crashed down the internet servers as this news was rapidly shared and re-shared by the people who use social networking sites. This is the concept of spreading of a viral disease from one infected person to other persons. Some individuals, Groups, and Organizations use this Viral Spreading of a news as an effective way of Publicity.

Use of Cellular Applications

The usage of Mobile phone to access sites is a great factor in the popularity of these sites, Now it is more easy, private and cheap to use the social media than before, the Smartphone has made the internet a very “Handy” thing to use by the young generation. Now youngsters pass more time doing interactions on social media sites than to pass time on watching TV. Every type of sites can be reached easily with the help of the smartphone, contents can be added, shared, send, received, status updated voice and video calls can be made more easily without the use of desktop computers or laptops. Use of Wi-Fi technology has enabled to use an internet connection by the whole members of a family. All the family members can use the internet sites according to their own likes and dislikes, a flexibility of time and Privacy. The mobile applications like WhatsApp, Skype, are used widely to make video calls, YouTube is used to see videos, Facebook is used to share videos, images, texts and status updating by the mobile users. Mobile social media mentions the use of media on mobile phone sets such as smartphones. Mobile applications let the formation, interchange and spread of user-created content. Location and time sensitivity are the important factors to access the social media by mobile devices.

Business perspective

Location and Time sensitiveness gave mobile devices an edge on desktop computers in offering companies to expand their businesses by marketing and advertising by it. Mobile utensils can be used for investigation, communiqué, sales advancements or concessions, and affiliation growth programs.


Social sites use sociable plans, creating stages that are equally helpful for users, industries, and the nets with the help of e-commerce, or online consumptions. The users post the remarks about a company’s product or service with their online friends and associates. The company profits because it gains awareness about how their product or service is regarded by customers. Applications such as and Pinterest influence a mounting tendency in the acceptance and approachability of e-commerce, or online consumptions.

The SMS Phenomenon

The SMS (Short Message Service) was part of the GSM specification over 25 years ago. I doubt the developers of the original SMS, who probably also were throwing around concepts such as video phone conferencing, would have anticipated the success of the SMS concept. The removable SIM card and SMS were the two killer features GSM technology had over competing analog networks.

Although, initially the uptake of SMS was slow, since at that time messages could only be sent between users on the same network. However, once message center gateways became established between operators and different networks, the momentum of SMS messages exploded exponentially.

In the late 1990s and early 2000s, SMS messages were the bread and butter for most operators. SMS typically is a best effort service and delivery is not guaranteed, the infrastructure support when compared to voice services is minimal and revenue from SMS messaging outweighed the revenue from voice services once the operating cost was deducted from the equation.

However, competition amongst operators eroded this revenue share as contract plans (popular in Western markets) included unlimited text messaging as part of the plan and per message competition in the prepaid space also drove the SMS cost downward.

The increasing volume of text messaging is driving the decline in revenue for mobile operators, as the traditional SMS takes a backseat to other text messaging networks. BlackBerry Messenger, iMessenger and Facebook’s mobile messenger service are taking revenue away from the carriers. For instance, social messaging cost carriers US$14B in SMS revenue. They lost $8.7 billion in SMS revenue in 2010, according to Ovum.

What has further diminished the SMS is services is other text messaging devices that do not not limit the size of the message to 140 characters and uses the concept of group broadcast, sending of pictures, which SMS doesn’t handle. Coupled with instant feedback if a message is unsuccessful, blackberry users will resort to SMS only if their contact doesn’t have a Blackberry. It is indeed a unified messaging platform.

The GSM MMS was a bolt on addition used almost exclusively for early phones with cameras, with the idea you can send a photograph to another user, assuming they also had a MMS capable handset, and this would be the natural successor to SMS. However, the cost and unreliability of MMS services meant that service never hit a chord with the public.

Today, the original SMS protocol accounts for just a fraction of the total volume of messages flying around the ether. The XMPP protocol has become the standard protocol for messaging platforms. Google use it, so does Skype and others. In fact, being an open standard, anyone can setup their own messaging platform. Many private corporations do so for security and accountability reason.

The best thing about XMPP messaging is that a single client can support multiple accounts. For example, you may have a Google talk account for friends and family, a dedicated XMPP Jabber account for work, you could set your available status to unavailable for the Google talk account during the workday and vice versa, with the work account during the weekend and after hours.

So it is no surprise to learn that for the first time text messaging is outstripping the telephone call. Let’s face it, with a phone call there is so much unnecessary “wrapper” protocol which must be included, “Hi, How are you, have you got time to talk about XYZ”. With text messaging it is universally accepted you can just get to the meat of what you want, and keep going. It is ideal for busy people who don’t have time for the dignitaries of a phone call.

Text messages can get you in trouble, though. Due to the mobile spirited ways of text messaging, it is easy to react suddenly and fire off a suitably caustic response to a text message, this is often almost always during the consumption of alcoholic beverages. As we all know, with text messaging what is done cannot be recalled and changed. What we need is a digital personal assistant on smartphone, which is intelligent enough to either delay such a SMS or change it automatically, here’s to hoping!

To conclude, SMS is going to remain the dominant force in mobile technology for several years to come. According to Informa Research, the global SMS traffic will total 9.4 trillion messages by 2016, up from 5.9 trillion messages in 2011. And, the worldwide mobile transaction volume and value to average 42 percent annual growth between 2011 and 2016. Analysts are predicting a market worth $617 billion with 448 million users by 2016.

America and Asia Pacific mobile operators for instance, derive approximately 40% of their mobile revenue from mobile broadband and messaging. But, while mobile broadband is no doubt the fastest growing revenue stream for operators, mobile messaging and voice aren’t dead just yet, not by a long shot,” notes Stephane Teral, Infonetics Research’s principal analyst for mobile infrastructure and carrier economics.

“The prophecies of doom for mobile operators’ SMS/MMS cash cow are being overplayed. Despite the popularity of over-the-top messaging applications like Apple’s iMessage and WhatsApp, our data shows SMS growing every year from 2012 to 2016, delivering a cumulative $1 trillion in operator revenue during those five years. And over that same period, voice revenue will decline only slightly, still making up a sizable chunk of operator revenues.”