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Is social media causing childhood depression?

Is social media causing childhood depression?

Technology
Rangan Chatterjee is a GP and says he has seen plenty of evidence of the link between mental ill-health in youngsters and their use of social media. One 16 year-old boy was referred to him after he self-harmed and ended up in A&E."The first thought was to put him on anti-depressants but I chatted to him and it sounded like his use of social media was having a negative impact on his health."So Dr Chatterjee suggested a simple solution - the teenager should attempt to wean himself off social media, restricting himself to just an hour before he went to bed. Over the course of a few weeks, he should extend this to two hours at night and two in the morning."He reported a significant improvement in his wellbeing and, after six months, I had a letter from his mother saying he was happier at s...
How getting remarried can mess up your Social Security

How getting remarried can mess up your Social Security

Finance
You may want to rethink that second walk down the aisle if you are approaching retirement, and counting on income from Social Security.If you're eligible to collect benefits on your ex-spouse's record, you will no longer be eligible for those benefits if you remarry.That rule, plus others, is one of the reasons financial advisors like Stacy Francis, president and CEO of Francis Financial in New York City, sit down with savers to plot out a careful strategy when it comes to claiming Social Security.Knowing these strategies becomes more important with the rise of gray divorce. The divorce rate for adults age 50 and over has nearly doubled in the past 25 years, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau. To be eligible to claim on your ex-spouse's Social Security benefits, whereby you rece...
Who Gets Social Security Benefits? 7 Facts You Ought to Know

Who Gets Social Security Benefits? 7 Facts You Ought to Know

Finance
Social Security provides financial assistance for tens of millions of Americans. Although many think of the program as being focused on retirees, there's a wider cross-section of the population that Social Security serves. The facts below come from the most recent summary of the program from the Social Security Administration, and they paint a picture that reveals how important Social Security is for a huge fraction of the total population of the nation.1. Almost 62 million people receive Social Security benefits.Social Security paid benefits to 61,859,000 people in November. That's up by almost 1 million recipients just in the past year alone. Demographic trends have more people retiring, and the number of retired workers has risen enough to offset slight declines...
Obama warns against 'irresponsible' social media use

Obama warns against 'irresponsible' social media use

Technology
Media playback is unsupported on your deviceFormer US President Barack Obama has warned against the irresponsible use of social media, in a rare interview since stepping down in January.He warned that such actions were distorting people's understanding of complex issues, and spreading misinformation. His successor Donald Trump is a prolific user of Twitter, but Mr Obama did not mention him by name. Mr Obama was quizzed by Prince Harry on BBC Radio 4's Today programme. Prince Harry, fifth in line to the throne, is one of several prominent figures who are guest-editing the programme over the Christmas period.The ex-president said those in positions of power should be careful when posting messages, warning that social media is distorting civil discourse. He expressed concern about a future wh...
Gorillas can learn to clean food on their own, without social cues

Gorillas can learn to clean food on their own, without social cues

Science
Dec. 4 (UPI) -- Gorillas don't need to witnesses others cleaning their food to adopt the behavior. They can learn it on their own -- spontaneously.Many of the gorilla's abilities are thought to be socially acquired, including food cleaning behavior. But during a series of tests, researchers found gorillas cleaned sand from a dirty apple 75 percent of the time."In four of our five gorillas, at least one of the techniques for cleaning was similar to that observed in the wild," Damien Neadle, a researcher at the University of Birmingham, said in a news release. "Given that these two groups are culturally unconnected, it suggests that social learning is not required for this behavior to emerge."Scientists suggest their findings -- published this week in the journal PLoS One -- don't diminish t...