Social media is a major part of life for many, especially young adults. But as social media use by those young adults increases, should we be concerned about an increase in depression, too? Anecdotally, the answer is already “yes.” A new national study, just published, has also provided an answer.
Women scrolling Instagram will come across thousands of posts with the hashtag #fitspiration. Attractive, fit women in form-fitting clothes show off their “fitness lifestyles” in order to inspire other women (or satisfy narcissistic tendencies.) But do these posts actually have the opposite effect? Are they doing damage to women’s body image?
Break-ups suck. There’s just no other way to describe them. Social media seems to make them even worse, or so it has always seemed. Now, science puts some data and findings behind what we’ve all always believed.
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Everywhere you look, there seem to be fitness coaches, strength and conditioning coaches, personal trainers and others in the fitness profession who are trying as hard as they can to suck. They seem to be trying to be terrible. I’m one of those people who believes that if you really want something and are willing… Continue reading Podcast: 5 Surefire Ways To Be a Crappy Coach or Trainer
As an observer of the fitness profession, as well as fitness professionals, it looks to me like there are plenty of fitness coaches – strength coaches, youth fitness coaches, personal trainers and coaches all over our field – who are trying to be terrible. Maybe they’re really not, but it sure as heck looks that… Continue reading 5 Surefire Ways To Be a Crappy Coach Or Trainer
If your attention gets diverted in different directions by smartphones and other digital devices, take note: Media multitasking has now been linked to obesity. New research from Rice University indicates that mindless switching between digital devices is associated with increased susceptibility to food temptations and lack of self-control, which may result in weight gain. “Increased… Continue reading Media Multi-tasking Now Linked to Obesity
A casual look at the life of Ben Boudro, owner of Xceleration Fitness in Auburn Hills, Michigan, might lead you to believe he’s like a lot of other fitness professionals. Fit, successful, family man, living the dream. And all of those things are true. But there’s more to Ben’s story. A deeper pool of humility,… Continue reading Podcast: Friday Happy Hour with Ben Boudro – Tragedy, Humility, Victory
Social media sites often present users with social exclusion information that may actually inhibit intelligent thought, according to the co-author of a University at Buffalo study that takes a critical look not just at Facebook and other similar platforms, but at the peculiarities of the systems on which these sites operate. The short-term effects of… Continue reading Are your Facebook friends hurting you?
“Our findings suggest that self-oriented perfectionism, socially prescribed perfectionism, and other-oriented perfectionism have increased over the last 27 years. We speculate that this may be because, generally, American, Canadian, and British cultures have become more individualistic, materialistic, and socially antagonistic over this period, with young people now facing more competitive environments, more unrealistic expectations, and… Continue reading The Curse of Perfectionism…