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Behaviour of Social Media similar to Drug Addicts?

The decision-making attributes of excessive social media users has been likened to those of drug addicts and gamblers in an explosive new study designed to raise awareness about the hidden mental health traps affecting young adults online. 

New research led by Michigan State University, in collaboration with Monash University and McGill University, shows the risky decision-making behaviours of social media overusers is comparable to people battling substance addiction.   Findings were published in the Journal of Behavior Addictions on Friday 11 January 2019.

Professor Antonio Verdejo-Garcia from the Monash Institute of Cognitive and Clinical Neurosciences (MICCN) and co-author of the study said their results had important societal implications.

According to the 2018 Yellow Social Media Report compiled by Sensis:
– 37% of 18-29-year-olds felt anxious when unable to access their social media accounts. – – More than one third of people now access their social media in excess of five times per day.

“Social media use is ubiquitous and continues to grow with many individuals displaying anxious and even conflictive behaviour when attempting to withdraw from these online channels,” Professor Verdejo-Garcia, the only Australian research contributor, said.  “We hope our research findings, which demonstrate a behavioural similarity between excessive social networking site use, substance use and behavioural addictive disorders, can influence the beliefs and actions of policy makers, therapists and tech industry leaders to take action against problematic online behaviour.”

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Fast Food & Chicken Welfare: Who gives a cluck?

World Animal Protection (WAP) launched the Pecking Order 2018 ­report – the first-ever international ranking on the welfare of chickens raised for meat.  The data sets are American and one could argue could have local applications when considering Enhanced Media Metrics Australia Enhanced Media Metrics Australia reported 60% of 14-29 year olds are eating fast food at least once a month (national average 45%).

Burger King, KFC, Domino’s Pizza Group, Domino’s, McDonalds, Nando’s, Pizza Hut, Starbucks and Subway have all been assessed with deeply concerning results according to WAP describing it as profit from pain.
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Schools critical to solving Australia’s inactivity crisis

Sport Australia CEO Kate Palmer says schools are a key vehicle to solving the nation’s inactivity crisis, launching the 31st Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation (ACHPER) International Conference at the AIS in Canberra as she welcomed 250 delegates from around the world including, physical education teachers, sport educators, coaches and associated health practitioners.
A report card released by the Active Healthy Kids Australia late last year scored Australia a D-minus for children’s physical activity levels, ranking our nation 32 of 49 countries.  Research shows 81% of Australian children are not meeting our physical activity guidelines.  “This is not good enough because we know sport and physical activity can play a crucial role in the holistic development of children, putting them on the path to vibrant and productive lives,” Palmer said. “It can impact positively on their physical and mental health, social development, and their ability to learn.”

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Are you really influencing anyone? Testing the credibility of peer reviews

“The explosion of social media websites such as TripAdvisor, Zomato, Rotten Tomatoes and has given rise to an ever growing number of amateur critics – all keen to share their thoughts on the hottest hotels, movies and restaurants to future patrons.” say Monash Business school researchers.

New research by Monash Business School shows that when consumers were looking to purchase an ‘experience service’, such as a movie ticket, food or a haircut, they were more favourably swayed by peer reviews on social media sites.  However this behaviour changed when it came time to book a tax accountant, lawyer or doctor where expert reviews had more credibility. Continue reading Are you really influencing anyone? Testing the credibility of peer reviews The trending destinations and accommodation of 2018® analysed thousands of data points this year to identify the top trends in travel for 2018, and the results show that travelers are increasingly interested in unique and novel experiences.  Highlights from the report include the rise of secondary destinations like Chiang Mai, the Azores and Cartagena, and non-traditional lodging options such as tentalows and houseboats. In the activities and attractions space, observation decks and architectural landmarks saw the biggest growth, with cooking classes and other culinary experiences close behind.

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