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Facebook Detox may Have a Positive impact on Your Lifestyle: Study

Using online questionnaires, the research team surveyed the way they used Facebook, their well-being and their lifestyle

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Using online questionnaires, the research team surveyed the way they used Facebook, their well-being and their lifestyle. Pixabay

Want to live healthier and happier life? Reducing the amount of time spent on social media platforms, such as Facebook, every day could be enough to prevent addictive behaviour, increase well-being and support a healthier lifestyle, say researchers.

For the findings, published in the journal ‘Computers in Human Behaviour’, the research team recruited 286 people for the study who were on Facebook for an average of at least 25 minutes a day. The average usage time per day was a good hour.

All participants were tested prior to the study, one week into it, at the end of the two-week experiment, and finally one month and three months later. Using online questionnaires, the research team surveyed the way they used Facebook, their well-being and their lifestyle.

The results showed that participants in the group that had reduced their Facebook usage time used the platform less, both actively and passively. “This is significant, because passive use in particular leads to people comparing themselves with others and thus experiencing envy and a reduction in psychological well-being,” said study lead researcher Julia Brailovskaia from Ruhr University in Germany.

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Want to live healthier and happier life? Reducing the amount of time spent on social media platforms, such as Facebook, every day could be enough to prevent addictive behaviour, increase well-being and support a healthier lifestyle, say researchers. Pixabay

According to the researchers, participants who reduced their Facebook usage time, moreover, smoked fewer cigarettes than before, were more active physically and showed fewer depressive symptoms than the control group. Their life satisfaction increased.

“After the two-week period of Facebook detox, these effects, i.e. the improvement of well-being and a healthier lifestyle, lasted until the final checks three months after the experiment,” Brailovskaia said. This is an indication that simply reducing the amount of time spent on Facebook every day could be enough to prevent addictive behaviour, increase well-being and support a healthier lifestyle, the researchers said.

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“It’s not necessary to give up the platform altogether,” Brailovskaia concluded. (IANS)

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Here Are Some Home Remedies That Can Make Your Hair Healthy

Lots of water, fresh fruits and vegetables, protein-rich and zinc-rich diet are some steps to follow to preserve hair at its best

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Utilise this time to indulge in selfcare which we often neglect because of our busy schedules! Dr. Apoorva Shah, Founder of RichFeel, shares some simple home remedies to bring your hair back to being healthy and lustrous.

Coconut oil, honey, lemon

Coconut oil, honey and lemon act as natural conditioners and also reduce hair fall. It gives moisture to your scalp and reduces dandruff. Mix some drops of lemon with coconut oil and honey and apply to your hair as a mask. Once it dries, rinse it with water.

Massaging with oil

Your quarantine hair care programme needs to have specific focus on hydration, lubrication, and should aim to renew its oil and moisture content. Pamper your hair and scalp with an oil massage before going for a wash. You can regain the strength and shine of your hair by massaging it with warm oil.

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Home-made hair masks

Mixture of multani mitti, amla, and shikakai works awesome for oily hair. Shampoo after about 40 minutes. It has a cooling effect. It is also ideal for hair’s conditioning, removes dandruff and lice.

Rose Water

Massage your scalp with some rose water, as it’s useful especially for dry hair.

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Utilise this time to indulge in selfcare which we often neglect because of our busy schedules. Pixabay

Olive oil and honey

If you have olive oil and honey at home, mix it with rice-papaya mash and apply before an hour to shampoo. Mix, apply, let it rest for 20 minutes and finally rinse with cold water. It makes the hair lustrous and smooth.

Bananas

Bananas are excellent if you have dry hair. Bananas have minerals and nutrients in them which will help the hair in recovering if you have dry and permed hair.

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Water and food intake

Water is the most important fuel to your hair as it requires moisture the most. Increase your water intake especially during this quarantine time as we tend to forget to have water since being at home. Lots of water, fresh fruits and vegetables, protein-rich and zinc-rich diet are some steps to follow to preserve hair at its best.

Always oil, shampoo and condition, this three-step mantra which is most important. It is a tried, tested, and a trusted technique in hair care. Conditioning is one step which is skipped way too often and it is perhaps the most crucial one. (IANS)