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.