To answer that quickly, I’d say a big NO. If you’re gaining weight, it’s probably not because of Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. But that’s not what studies are saying. I came across two articles in the past week about how social media is negatively affecting our health and weight. More
Dear Shocked Men of the Internet,
Did you know that women can enjoy science and be extremely knowledgeable about it? That there are, in fact, no genetic barriers between women’s brains and being interested in biology, chemistry, physics or any other field of scientific study? Okay, just checking. More
Do you find yourself obsessively checking your newsfeed, posting photos of everything you do and “checking in” at all the places you visit? Being on Facebook all the time can affect how you see yourself, according to a new study. In fact, it can raise your self confidence! Sounds great for folks who normally have confidence issues, sure, but there’s unfortunately a whole other monster to contend with after the fact. More
Because affirmation is what we all need every now and again when we post certain things to social media, anyway, isn’t it?
We’re all guilty of saying a little too much on the Internet sometimes without thinking the implications of our words through, but most of us won’t have to deal with huge consequences for them besides perhaps a little “tsk tsk.” But this isn’t always the case: one nurse in Spokane, WA, had the unfortunate experience this week of finding out just how terribly unforgiving the Internet can be if you piss a few people off. More
When tattoo artist Lee Roller posted a photo of breast cancer survivor Inga Duncan Thornell ’s tattooed, post-mastectomy chest, Facebook removed it in accordance with their strict no-nudity policy outlined by their community standards. Roller, who posted the photo to Ontario-based Custom Tattoo Design’s Facebook page, was incensed, and re-posted with a request that fans share and like the image to show their support for Thornell. Predictably, outrage ensued and Facebook backtracked on their policy, allowing the image to stay online. Which would be kind of a nice story about Facebook learning to deal with the complicated reality of breast cancer – except this has already happened before. More
Ever “quit” Facebook? You’re hardly rare — in fact, 61% of current Facebook users have taken voluntary breaks from the social networking site, according to a new survey from Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life Project. Reasons range from apathy to time constraints to too much “drama” among Facebook friends.
I’m betting Dr. Amy Dunbar, an OB/GYN at a hospital in St. Louis, has been kicking herself for the better part of a week. Why? Because of the grossly unprofessional Facebook status she posted on January 28th, complaining about one of her patients. More
Sometimes half of what we love about getting a facial is the chance to ask an expert what to do about our skin when things aren’t looking pretty–which is a pretty common experience for most women we know this time of year. But if you don’t have the time or budget, we’re here to help: We’re partnering with Dermalogica‘s Director of Global Education, Annet King, to answer all of your questions about fall skin care in a live Facebook Q&A next Monday! More
You probably already knew this, but Facebook wants to sell you stuff. Despite the fact that the site itself is free to use, the social media giant is all about making money by targeting consumers. Their latest plan? Well, it looks like Facebook might mine the data from your CVS ExtraCare card to sell you more prescription drugs. Can we get an “unlike” for that? More
Alice Van Ness, a yoga teacher who was hired to lead weekly classes at Facebook‘s Menlo Park campus, was recently canned for banning cell phones from class. This is either really crappy (banning phone use in the middle of a yoga class seems fairly reasonable, no?) or really hilarious (she was teaching at Facebook), depending on how you look at it. But either way, I’m pretty sure this is what we’d all call a ‘first world problem.’ More
Breast-feeding moms have long warred with Facebook over their photo restriction policies, and now Joanne Jackson, a 40-year-old breast cancer survivor, is also taking a stand against the social network for banning her post-mastectomy photos from their site. She commissioned the photos–some of which show her mastectomy scar–and posted them on her own Facebook page and that of some cancer organizations; she was promptly notified by Facebook that they’d been removed because of their “offensive” content. More