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New York, Connect emotionally with your friends on Facebook if you want to avoid binge eating and a bloated body that happens later, says a study. facebook-260818_640

According to the researchers from University of North Carolina, if young women are not using Facebook to compare their bodies to their friends’ bodies, they are less likely to struggle with risky dieting behaviors compared to their peers.

“Young college women who are more emotionally involved in Facebook and have lots of Facebook friends are less concerned with body size and shape and less likely to engage in risky dieting behaviors,” said Stephanie Zerwas, assistant professor of psychiatry.

In the study, 128 college-aged women completed an online survey with questions designed to measure their disordered eating.

The team also asked questions about each woman’s emotional connection to Facebook — her incorporation of the social networking site — into their daily life, time spent on the site each day and number of Facebook friends.

They also checked whether they compared their bodies to their friends’ in online pictures. The team noticed that being more emotionally invested in Facebook was associated with less concern about body size, shape and lesser risky dieting behaviors.

“Facebook could be an amazing tool to nurture social support and connections with friends and families,” Zerwas said.

The social networking site could also be used a tool to foster dangerous dieting behaviors in young adults, the authors said in a paper published in the Journal of Adolescent Health.

 

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Meeting Between Members of European Parliament and Mark Zuckerberg to be Web Streamed

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Tajani had requested that Zuckerberg appear in front of members of the European Parliament in person in order to address the issue.
European Parliament members and Facebook CEO's meeting will be live streamed. Wikimedia commons

A meeting between Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and members of the European Parliament (EP) over the social network’s use of personal data will be webstreamed, the Parliament’s President said on Monday.

The meeting, scheduled to take place on Tuesday, would be streamed over the Internet after Zuckerberg agreed to it, EP President Antonio Tajani said on Twitter.

“I am glad to announce that he has accepted this new request. Great news for EU citizens… I thank him for the respect shown towards EP,” Tajani said.

The meeting would take place a month-and-a-half after Zuckerberg testified before the US Congress over an alleged massive personal data leak to UK-based firm Cambridge Analytica.

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Tajani had requested that Zuckerberg appear in front of members of the European Parliament in person in order to address the issue.

“We are convinced that the millions of Europeans affected by the Cambridge Analytica scandal deserve a full and thorough explanation from Facebook’s top manager, just as was the case for US citizens,” Tajani penned in a letter to Zuckerberg in April. (IANS)

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