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Online Social Networking may Serve as a Resource for Managing Depression, says a Recent Study

The findings suggest that health professionals should ask patients about social support systems -- whether online or in real life

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London, November 29, 2016: While frequency and duration of online social networking may have a negative effect on mental health outcomes, a new study suggests that for some people, Facebook and Twitter may also serve as a resource for managing depression, thereby contributing to more positive outcomes.

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The study suggests that online social networking can have both a positive and a negative effect on a person’s well-being, and the frequency, quality, and purpose of the experience will all factor into the outcome.

The review article published in the journal Cyberpsychology, Behaviour, and Social Networking highlighted that the relationship between online social networking and depression is quite complex and some people may enjoy a social support system in the virtual world as well.

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Multiple psychological, social, behavioural, and individual factors may all impact this complex relationship, according to the study by David Baker and Guillermo Perez Algorta from Lancaster University in Britain.

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The findings suggest that health professionals should ask patients about social support systems — whether online or in real life — as part of their routine clinical intake. (IANS)

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Twitter Comes out With IIFA Emoji

Viewers can simply tweet using #IIFA2018 to use the emoji

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Twitter comes out with IIFA emoji
Twitter comes out with IIFA emoji (IANS)

Twitter on Friday launched a special IIFA emoji for the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Weekend and Awards.

Viewers can simply tweet using #IIFA2018 to use the emoji. The special emoji appears next to the hashtag in the tweet, and is designed based on the iconic IIFA award, read a statement to IANS.

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Keya Madhvani, Head – Entertainment Partnerships, Twitter India, said: “The IIFA awards is a much awaited event of the year amongst the film fraternity and Bollywood fans. Twitter is delighted to partner with IIFA for the launch of a special emoji that will create a holistic experience for consumers on a global scale.”

The three-day gala is being held in Bangkok this year, and will witness the presence of some of Hindi filmdom’s iconic stars and new actors on the red carpet, in the audience and on stage. The main awards night will be held on Sunday. (IANS)