Study Links Too Much Social Media Use to Worse Physical Health

From a story on headlined “Team Links Social Media Use to Worse Physical Health”:

A new study finds a link between social media use and biological and psychological indicators associated with poor physical health among college students.

The researchers found participants who used social media excessively had higher levels of C-reactive protein (CRP), a biological marker of chronic inflammation that predicts serious illnesses, such as diabetes, certain cancers, and cardiovascular disease.

In addition to elevated CRP levels, results suggest higher social media use was also related to somatic symptoms, like headaches, chest and back pains, and more frequent visits to doctors and health centers for the treatment of illness.

Ben Smith: A Former Facebook Executive Pushes Platforms to be More Transparent With News and Civic Content

From a Ben Smith Media Equation story in the New York Times headlined “A Former Facebook Executive Pushes to Open Social Media’s ‘Black Boxes'”:

Brandon Silverman’s last day at Facebook was Oct. 8, and like many others who have sold their companies to a Silicon Valley giant, had their shares vest and departed, he planned to take a year off to spend time with his children and figure out what to do next.