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Impact of Internet on Youth

Impact of Internet on Youth

Around 40% of the world population has an internet connection today. In 1995, it was less than 1%. From 1999 to 2013, the number of users has increased ten times. The first billion was reached in 2005.The second billion in 2010.The third billion in 2014.

Yes. The internet gives us the information within nanoseconds. We can have any information we want, with just a click of a button. You can access and share any kind of data, image, infographic or content with anyone and anytime. To cut it short, the Internet is being bombarded with data continuously.

Did you know, in every 60 seconds on the Internet

200 million Emails are sent
44 million messages are sent on WhatsApp
6 million Facebook posts are seen
3 million search queries are posted on Google
700,000 GB of data is transferred.
200,000 people log in to Facebook
47,000 Apps are downloaded
400 hours of videos are uploaded
6 new Wikipedia articles are published.

Let’s have a look at the Country wise Internet Users. The below chart shows that China, India & USA occupy the top 3 ranks when it comes to the highest number of internet users.

country-wise-internet-users

But does Internet actually help? What are we doing with saved time! What are we learning and how is it impacting children and teenagers. Let’s have a look.

Addiction

Impact of Internet on youth

Teenagers are in love with the internet. With telecom players offering cheap data plans, parents have become lenient on allowing their children to use the internet.

This has lead to students, young adults and children spending hours on WhatsApp, Facebook, and other social media platforms. There are addicting games which children can play the whole day and still not get bored.

When somebody spends too much time on the internet, it disrupts his mental growth and he becomes addicted to it. Just like any other addiction, it becomes all the more difficult to stay away from internet.

It is such a widespread problem that there are internet de-addiction centers in countries like USA, China, Taiwan & Korea.

Low Patience

Impact of Internet

Ups and Downs are a part & parcel of life. There are times when everything works for you. But there are times when nothing goes right. During the difficult phase, you need to have patience.

But how is this related to excessive internet usage! Children & Teenagers are getting used to finding answers immediately. Be it listening to their favorite songs, downloading a video or playing a game, they do it when they want to. Even finding answers to difficult school questions is easy with the internet.

But by doing this, they develop a habit of finding an immediate solution to all the problems of life which is practically not feasible. As a result, their patience levels drop and they get angry at small things very quickly.

Cyber Bully

Impact of Internet

Social Media savvy teenagers and young adults have a habit of putting a lot more information on their social media profiles than they should ideally share.

Plus those children who are introverts or find it difficult to indulge in face to face interactions prefer the electronic medium to communicate with the outside world. Here on the electronic medium, because they are more comfortable, share a lot of stuff.

Thus other people misuse their private stuff and even blackmail them. Thus children & teenagers become victims of cyberbullies. The sad part is that they find it difficult to share this with their parents as they will feel embarrassed. Thus they go through all this mental trauma alone. The Blue Whale game is a perfect example of how children find it difficult to share their problems with their problems. So much so that they end up committing suicide.

A Culture of Cheating

Impact of Internet

The internet has the answer to all your questions. Especially when it comes to a particular subject for example Trigonometry, Derivatives, Services Marketing etc you can find academicians solving each query and promoting their businesses on YouTube.

There are pages that students follow and do their homework by cheating. The purpose of these assignments was that students use their brain to solve and thus their mental growth is not as fast as it could have been. In fact what they learn is copying, cheating, and shortcuts.

Thus the habit of cheating and not using their brain to solve the queries simply ruins the purpose of doing the homework. Thus internet inculcates in them a culture of cheating.

Insomnia

Impact of Internet

Insomnia is a common sleep disorder. People who have insomnia find it difficult to fall asleep easily and stay asleep for a while. Playing games on mobile and computers for a long time and chatting till late affects sleeping.

When you scroll through your mobile at night while all lights of your room have been turned off, it adversely affects the eyes. These habits could result in you developing the sleeping disorder – Insomnia.

You might find me being too critical of the internet. We all are aware of how useful Internet is. But it is equally important not to be a slave to it.

Hope you liked the article. Leave a comment and let me know.

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Social Media in Healthcare

Role of Social Media in Healthcare

The Best place to market your service is the place where your customer is and where is your customer, most probably on Social media!

Social media in Healthcare is crucial. Just to understand, Facebook has 1.7 billion monthly active users. Out of which 1.13 billion people log in to Facebook every day. To have a 1.13 billion active users for a world population of 7.4 billion, Facebook has come a long way. The first thing around 50% of the monthly active Facebook users do on their bed after waking up is that they log in to their Facebook profile to see updates, likes on their photos, status etc. There are similar astonishing figures for Twitter and Google Plus. Twitter has approximately 300 million monthly active users. Most of these users (more than 70%) use Twitter on their mobile phones. So wherever they are, they are active on these social channels the whole day.

If these were not enough reasons for you to be on the social media, let me tell you if you already don’t know, social media is absolutely free. So anybody can create a profile and publish as many posts as many times. There are several other compelling reasons how social media in healthcare is crucial. Continue reading →

How to make your dish Weight Friendly

How to Make Any Dish Weight Friendly

1. Reduce Fats
Try to minimize the usage of oils and butter. If your dish is drying, add water rather than adding oil. You can also learn about changing your cooking techniques. Opt the techniques that use less or no oil like steaming, baking etc and lose weight effectively.

2. Reduce Salts
Excessive salts can lead to high blood pressure & weight gain as well. You can reduce salts and replace it with lemon, vinegar etc.

3. Cut down on Sugar
Cut down on sugar and you will see a positive impact on your body. You will feel more energetic. If you are trying to lose weight, you must reduce your sugar intake to see a much faster effect. Experiment by using less sugar when baking. One can use fruits as a replacement for table sugar. Instead of adding sugar in curd/custard/porridge one can add fruits and make it more nutritious & healthy. Continue reading →

Smart Diet Tips for the Healthy Woman

‘When virtue and modesty enlighten her charms, the lustre of a beautiful woman is brighter than the stars of heaven, and the influence of her power it is in vain to resist.’ Akhenaton

Your health needs to be at the front & center because Health is the real Wealth.

From menarche to menopause, the body of a woman undergoes various hormonal changes that directly affect her physical & mental health, mood & potential.  Balanced hormones, right food & optimum physical activity are the pillars of a healthy woman.

Let’s study how you should keep an eye on your health & what you can do for a more healthy you.

1. Watch your weight

If your BMI (Body Mass Index) ranking is from 19 to 24, it indicates a healthy weight. Anything above 24 indicates that you weigh more than you should. As a result, it’s time for some exercising. Involve yourself in some physical activity so that you lose weight so that it does not become difficult.

2.Drink enough water

Start your day with at least one glass of water when you wake up. Drink clean water throughout the day. Water helps you to clean intestines and regulate your digestive system. Water also helps in detoxification of the body.

3. Cut caffeine intake

 Americans are used to drinking a lot of coffee. But too much coffee means too much caffeine. Instead of tea & coffee, take alkaline foods like fruits, salads, juices & soups.

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Why Japanese live longer

Why Japanese Live Longer?

Japan has the highest life expectancy in the world. The average life of men in Japan is 79 years whereas that of women is 86 years. But what makes the citizens of the nation of the rising Sun live so long. We have discovered some of the secrets and here they are.

The Diet
What we eat has a huge impact on our health. I can tell you that what Japanese people eat is healthy. Japanese people don’t eat as much Red meat. Red meat is high in cholesterol and thus is not considered good for health. Japanese eat a lot of vegetables although, in America, most people hate eating vegetables.

They also eat a lot of rice & fish. Thus they make sure that there is no lack of vitamins & minerals in the body. Although an increase in western habits of eating slices of bread, sweets and refined sugars are some of the reasons which have deteriorated the healthy aspect of Japanese nutrition to some extent.

Lot of Tea
Whereas Americans drink a lot of coffee, Japanese drink a lot of tea. When there is so much said about the benefits of tea & coffee, I can say that tea is overall better than coffee especially when you are drinking a lot of it every day.

Different Cooking Techniques
Some techniques that Japanese use, are fermenting, boiling and slow cooking. They also drink a bowl full of hot soup before every meal. Continue reading →

Benefits of running

Benefits of Running

Running is considered as one of the most effective & enjoyable exercises in the world. The health benefits of this form of the workout has always attracted people to indulge in running & jogging. It is easy to perform, does not need any equipment or practice and can be performed by people of all ages. That is why it is one of the most preferred exercises in the world.

Let’s explore the benefits of running. 

 

  1. Weight Loss
People who have gained extra weight or fat are the ones who fall for running. Running is an activity that helps burn calories pretty quickly as compared to any other exercise. Extra fat or calories can be easily shredded with running. Gain the slim trim body shape by running.

 

  1. Reverse Aging Effects
When you run, you challenge your body and as a result, your body responds with a more beautiful you. Running postpones and in some cases can reverse the aging effects. Fat people tend to look older than they actually are. When they lose weight, they look younger and most importantly feel positive about themselves.

 

  1. Hypertension
Hypertension commonly known as high blood pressure can be brought down to normal levels with regular running. Running helps in maintaining several factors that maintain a steady and normal blood pressure. Running also reduces the risk of several heart diseases and thus increase your life by some years.
  1. Diabetes
Running maintains the required levels of carbohydrate & sugar in the body. Surplus sugar can be burnt with running, thus keeping your blood clean and your body healthy.
  1. Cholesterol Levels
Running is a good option to prevent increasing cholesterol levels in the body. In case your cholesterol levels have already increased, they can be brought to normal with running.
So what are you waiting for. These benefits of running are written to motivate to go out, explore the nature, sweat it out and become the fit person you always wanted to be. But make sure that you don’t start running immediately. You need to do some Pre-run exercises to stretch your body. That pumps blood in your body and prepares it for running.
 
But to make a routine of it, you can download applications like Pacer. Using Pacer, you can count your daily steps, set goals & find local groups to keep you motivated. You like others’ posts and they like yours when shared, to keep you going.
 
If these benefits of running are not enough to motivate, there are challenges like 100 days of running where people across the globe participate and share their daily runs. You could also participate in one of those.
 

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Quit Sugar

Why Should You Quit Sugar?

Here is a shocker to start with. Every person takes 22 teaspoons of sugar, more than three times as suggested by the American Heart Association. Has sugar been an irresistible part of your diet?

Have you been a sweets fan from childhood days?

Then this article is for you and I sincerely hope that the information I am going to share will make some difference in your life, especially your diet, sugar in particular.

Here are the 5 reasons why you should quit sugar.

Sugar Makes You Fat

A diet which has high levels of sugar or includes fructose in particular makes you over eat. Above this, sugar forces your pancreas to secrete high levels of insulin. As a result, other hormones which balance out weight, stress, digestion & metabolism are neglected by the body. Hence you gain weight & become fat. Plus when these hormones are unbalanced, body experiences fatigue and you need more energy leading to you eating even more.

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Do you prefer juices over fruits

Do you prefer Juices over Fruits?

Do you begin your day with a glass full of canned juice? Do you prefer Juices over Fruits? You might not be helping yourself gain good health or lose weight.

Fruit juice which is considered very good for your health might not be as effective as fruits. Let me take some liberty here. Canned fruit juices might even be bad for your health. Surprised???

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Are you listening to patients

Are You Listening to Your Patients?

We all know that communication is really important. But do we actually care for it? Do you as healthcare providers care about listening to your patients?  The Wall Street Journal of last year highlighted an alarming fact. It said that the nurses and technicians were afraid to speak up about anything that they saw was going wrong. This is because they don’t want to annoy or disturb the physician who could be their job provider or an influencer to the business owner. Although Clinics and hospitals are doing a lot to improve communications but it seems like there is still a long way to go. Continue reading →

How to Lose Weight in Thyroid

How to Lose Weight in Thyroid?

What is Thyroid

Thyroid is a butterfly shaped gland located in the neck below the larynx. It’s job is to make thyroid hormones. These hormones are secreted in the whole body through blood. The Thyroid hormone helps the body to stay warm, use the energy and keep all the organs working. This hormone is called Thyroxin or T4. The T4 name comes from the fact that this hormone contains 4 Iodine molecules in its structure. Thyroid hormones manage the way how our tissues utilize the energy. Thyroid maintains the temperature of body, blood pressure, heart rate and the body metabolism, which is the rate at which food is converted into energy.

What is Hypothyroidism?

When your Thyroid gland is under active, that means you have Hypothyroidism. Continue reading →

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