How Facebook and Instagram Made People Healthier


How often have you craved for some food you have seen on your Facebook or Instagram feed? Is there truth that we are somewhat affected by the things we see on social media?
Recent reports have shown that we working out and physical activities became more popular due to social media.
Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) found that individuals who actively post their progress and exercise routine on social media tend to affect others to be motivated and encouraged.

Scientists followed the practice schedules of 1.1 million runners over a time of five years. They considered the runner’s location, their social media activities the time, distance, their pace and how much calories they were able to burn. The specialists observed that sharing individual practice information by means of web-based social networking can motivate others to practice more, exercise harder and do as such at a higher intensity.
The study was published in a journal ‘Nature Communications’. It incorporated accounts of people inspired upon reading or seeing a friend’s success in terms of achieving their physical goals. Specialists stated: “by and large, an extra kilometer keep running by companions can rouse somebody to run an extra three-tenths of a kilometer, and an extra ten minutes keep running by
companions can rouse somebody to run three minutes longer.” The report states that social media somewhat enhanced the performance of runners who are a lacking in terms of speed and agility.
According to the scientist Sinan Aral; in general, if a person runs more it is likely that you can influence your friend to run more.

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