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Spending more time on Social Media platforms like Facebook and Twitter may make you feel lonelier: Study

use of social media does not present a panacea to help reduce perceived social isolation

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March 6, 2017:  you are feeling cut off from the rest of society, spending more time on social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter may only make things worse, a new study warns.

The more time young adults use social media, the more likely they are to feel socially isolated, the findings showed.

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“We are inherently social creatures, but modern life tends to compartmentalise us instead of bringing us together. While it may seem that social media presents opportunities to fill that social void, I think this study suggests that it may not be the solution people were hoping for,” said lead author Brian Primack from University of Pittsburgh in the US.

The finding, published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, suggests that use of social media does not present a panacea to help reduce perceived social isolation — when a person lacks a sense of social belonging, true engagement with others and fulfilling relationships.

The researchers analysed responses from more than 1,500 US adults between ages 19 and 32 about their use of 11 most popular social media platforms at the time — Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Google Plus, Instagram, Snapchat, Reddit, Tumblr, Pinterest, Vine and LinkedIn.

The scientists measured participants’ perceived social isolation using a validated assessment tool called the Patient-Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System.

The researcher found that participants who used social media more than two hours a day had twice the odds for perceived social isolation than their peers who spent less than half an hour on social media each day.

And those who visited various social media platforms 58 or more times per week had about triple the odds of perceived social isolation than those who visited fewer than nine times per week.

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The researchers believe that social media use may displace more authentic social experiences because the more time a person spends online, the less time there is for real-world interactions.

Moreover, certain characteristics of social media could facilitate feelings of being excluded, such as when one sees photos of friends having fun at an event to which they were not invited.

Exposure to highly idealized representations of peers’ lives on social media sites may elicit feelings of envy and the distorted belief that others lead happier and more successful lives, the researchers said. (IANS)

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Instagram Testing Selector Wheel Format For ‘Stories’ on its Platform

Instagram has not commented on the feature yet

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Instagram app logo is displayed on a mobile screen in Los Angeles. VOA

Facebook-owned photo-messaging app Instagram is testing a selector wheel format to display filter options for ‘Stories’ on its platform.

The semi-circular wheel of options was first spotted by reverse engineer Jane Manchun Wong, who also highlighted that the test feature reduced the eight camera options to three, Social Media Today reported on Tuesday.

“Instagram is working on new ‘Stories’ user-interface, inspired from mechanical circular mode switcher in DSLRs. Tabs reduced to just ‘Live’, ‘Normal’ and ‘Create’,” Wong tweeted.

‘Stories’ options like ‘Superzoom’, ‘Rewind’ and ‘Stickers’ have been re-arranged under the ‘Normal’ and ‘Create’ options, with ‘Live’ retaining its own mode.

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Chiara Valenzano, right, photographs her food as she has lunch with her friend Giulia Terranova at the ‘This is not a Sushi bar’ restaurant, in Milan, Italy, Oct. 16, 2018. At the restaurant, payment can be made according to the number of Instagram followers one has. VOA

While the ‘Normal’ option has captured modes and Augmented Reality (AR) tools, and ‘Create’ hosts text and sticker tools.

“The new flow will mean that users may need to scroll around several times during their creation process to add all the effects, but the rounded selector does make it a little easier to do so, and looks like a helpful addition,” the report said.

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Specifications about the public availability of the selector wheel for ‘Stories’ options remains unclear.

Instagram has not commented on the feature yet. (IANS)