University of Glasgow: Psychologists Develop First Measure Of Social Media Impact On Teen Sleep

University of Glasgow: Psychologists Develop First Measure Of Social Media Impact On Teen Sleep. “The University of Glasgow researchers who developed the Index of Nighttime Offline Distress, or iNOD, believe it is the first psychological measurement tool of its kind, which reflects the realities of how young people interact with each other in an online world. The 10-point questionnaire, developed after consultation with more than 3,000 young people, aims to equip clinicians, teachers and parents with accurate measurements of the impact of late-night social media use on sleep.”

ZDNet: We will spend 420 million years on social media in 2021

ZDNet: We will spend 420 million years on social media in 2021. “4.2 billion of the world’s population are now active on social media — an increase of 490 million (13.2%) compared to January 2020. In the US 72.3% of the total population, and 79% of Northern Europe uses some form of social media. Yet again, Facebook utterly dominates the list of most-used social platforms with 2.74 billion users, closely followed by YouTube at 2.291 billion. No wonder social media users will spend a combined total of 420 million years using social media in 2021.”

EurekAlert: Social media use driven by search for reward, akin to animals seeking food

EurekAlert: Social media use driven by search for reward, akin to animals seeking food. “In 2020, more than four billion people spent several hours per day, on average, on platforms such as Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and other more specialized forums. This widespread social media engagement has been likened by many to an addiction, in which people are driven to pursue positive online social feedback, such as ‘likes,’ over direct social interaction and even basic needs like eating and drinking. While social media usage has been studied extensively, what actually drives people to engage, sometimes obsessively, with others on social media is less clear.”

EurekAlert: Survey finds Americans social media habits changing as national tensions rise

EurekAlert: Survey finds Americans social media habits changing as national tensions rise. “As national tensions rise, a new national survey of 2,000 people commissioned by The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center finds more Americans are adjusting how they use social media platforms. Many participants cited stress from the global COVID-19 pandemic, along with the movement to end racial inequality and other divisive political issues in our country as reasons for taking a social media break.”

Phys .org: Twitter use influenced by social schedules, not changing seasons and daylight

Phys .org: Twitter use influenced by social schedules, not changing seasons and daylight . “An analysis of Twitter data from the U.S. shows that social media usage largely mirrors daily work schedules and school calendars. The data reflect the amount of ‘social jet lag’ caused when social demands make people wake up much earlier than their biological rhythms would prefer.”

The Verge: Instagram starts rolling out dashboard that shows how much time you spend on it

The Verge: Instagram starts rolling out dashboard that shows how much time you spend on it. “Back in August, Facebook and Instagram announced they would introduce new activity dashboards that tracked how much time users spent inside the apps, but the features never materialized. Now, Instagram has finally started rolling out its own ‘Your Activity’ feature, which includes tools for setting daily time limits and the option to temporarily mute push notifications.”

Advertising Age: Over Sharing

Advertising Age: Over Sharing. “In the last quarter of 2017, time spent on Facebook every day declined by 5 percent, or 50 million hours, a drop the company attributed to its intentional efforts to prioritize more meaningful content. But it also saw the number of North Americans on the platform fall for the first time, to 184 million from 185 million in the third quarter.”