Less social media trawling will lower depression - study

For the first time, Penn's Psychology Department research based on experimental data connects Facebook, Snapchat, and Instagram use to decreased well-being.

The study tested students by limiting their social media usage to ten minutes a day. After three weeks it was discovered that these students were less depressed proving that using less social media than you normally would, leads to significant decreases in both depression and loneliness. These effects are particularly pronounced for folks who were more depressed when they came into the study.

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Researchers at the University of Central Florida have developed the first color-changing fabric that can be controlled with a smartphone. The College of Optics and Photonics, have developed a series of prototypes that includes purses and backpacks.

The products change colour and pattern through the use of an app or with the click of a built-in button. The technology relies on metal micro-wires embedded in each individual thread and a rechargeable battery pack. When activated, an electric current flows through the wires, slightly raising their temperature and causing special pigments in the thread to change colour.

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A recently published Facebook patent application imagines an unnerving way to use your data. The company filed for a patent that explores piecing together information about a user’s entire household based on the pictures they upload, presumably for targeted advertising. And yes, Instagram photos were also cited in the filing.

The patent application was originally submitted back in May 2017 and made public yesterday. In it, Facebook details a system for cross-referencing faces with other data, including shared IP addresses, hashtags, how frequently a person appears in your photos, comments, the whole shebang—to figure out who’s in your household and what its demographic makeup is.

The filing also indicates Facebook could potentially analyze everything from past posts and status updates, to messaging and web browsing-related info.

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