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Snapchat Down as Users Unable to Refresh App

The company added four million new users in the first quarter of 2019, registering a revenue of $320 million — up 39 per cent (year-over-year)

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Snapchat in a Smartphone. IANS

Users in Europe and some parts of the US reported that popular photo-messaging app Snapchat have stopped working for them.

Instead of showing the usual filters and lenses or the ability to send messages, the app simply failed to load, The Independent reported on Sunday.

“Users report seeing a message telling them that the service isn’t working and that they should refresh the app. But refreshing does not seem to be working, and thousands of people have reported problems,” the report added.

Several users took to Twitter to share the problem.

“Is snapchat down for anybody else?” wrote one user.

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An image of the Snapchat logo created with Post-it notes is seen in lower Manhattan, New York, May 18, 2016. VOA

“I like how twitter is the first thing i open when this happens #snapchatdown,” another user tweeted.

Snapchat responded to some complaints on Twitter, saying they were “looking into the issue”.

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The company added four million new users in the first quarter of 2019, registering a revenue of $320 million — up 39 per cent (year-over-year).

Snapchat’s daily active users (DAUs) were 190 million — up two per cent from 186 million in the previous quarter but down from 191 million in Q1 2018. (IANS)

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Researchers Associate Social Media Use to Eating Disorder in Adolescents

Social media use linked to eating disorder in children

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Excessive use of Social media platforms such as Instagram and Snapchat is linked with eating disorder among children. Pixabay

Parents, take a note. Researchers have found that excessive use of social media, particularly platforms with a strong focus on image posting and viewing such as Snapchat and Instagram, is associated with eating disorder in young adolescents.

For the study, published in the International Journal of Eating Disorders, researchers examined data on 996 grade 7 and 8 adolescents.

“While a range of studies have focused on the impact of social media on body image, this is the first to examine the relationship between specific social media platforms and disordered eating behaviours and thoughts,” said study lead author Simon Wilksch from Flinders University in Australia.

Also, most other studies had focused on older adolescents or young-adult women, he said.

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Adolescents develop eating disorder due to meal skipping. Pixabay

The study on associations between disordered eating and social media use among young adolescent girls and boys suggested that much more needed to be done to increase resilience in young people to become less adversely impacted by social media pressures, Wilksch added.

During the study, the research team found behaviours related to disordered eating were reported by 51.7 per cent of girls and 45 per cent of boys, with strict exercise and meal skipping being the most common.

Of these, 75.4 per cent girls and 69.9 per cent boys had at least one social media account, and Instagram was the most common.

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According to the study, greater number of social media accounts and greater time spent on them were associated with a higher likelihood of disordered eating, thoughts and behaviours.

The researchers are launching an Australia-wide trial of the Media Smart Online programme designed to combat such pressures. (IANS)