Social Media and Your Health: The Good, the Bad, and the… Gross?
We’re so immersed in our social media worlds on a daily basis that it comes as no surprise that digital habits could impact our mental and physical well-being. Behold, the latest strange (and awesome) news about the intersection of social media and health:
1) Interactive Billboard Makes a Point About Domestic Abuse:
In the category of “Social Media for Good”, we find this gem from the UK: An interactive billboard in a London trainstation allows passersby to stop a man from verbally abusing a woman on a billboard. Viewers watch as a man berates a woman above them in the station, and are encouraged to go to a website where they can “swipe” the man away – who physically gets moved several hundred feet away in the terminal. While it’s an obvious oversimplification of a scary situation, the point is driven home that sometimes, a phone call is all it takes to separate a victim from his or her abuser.
2) Oversharing on Facebook as Satisfying as Sex?
You read that right – in a new study out of none other than Harvard University, 300 participants were asked to disclose opinions and other information about themselves during an fMRI scan. Researchers found that the pleasure centers in the brain were “robustly” activated, as much so as when indulging in a favorite food, getting money, or partaking in… uh, sex. Feel free to drop that little nugget into your next proposal when a client laments, “I just don’t get the appeal of Facebook…”
3) Hospital to Live Tweet Brain Surgery
And finally, under the heading of “just because you can, doesn’t mean you should”… Houston’s Memorial Hermann Northwest Hospital will be live tweeting a brain surgery this Wednesday. Set your alarm – the event starts at 8:30am EST sharp with the first incision expected around 10. The best part? Not only will they be tweeting the event, but the pictures will be up on Pinterest for all to see! This isn’t the first time the hospital has live-tweeted a surgery – their live tweet of an open-heart surgery earlier this spring was viewed an estimated 125 million times. Someone should tell them about the “Overshare” study above…