Facebook or FatFace?


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This is something that we are all aware of.  People in our current day and age are addicted to social media.  From Twitter, Facebook, and You Tube to Instagram or Pinterest.  Even as we sit in class we can see it all around us.  Sorry professor.  Take a look at most people who are glancing at their cell phones or "taking notes" on their lap tops.  I need to see what picture my friend put up!!!  What did so&so tweet ???  This is everywhere and its not at any specific area.  From walking to class to being in class or even at the gym current technology has made all of this fun stuff so easily accessible.  This isn't really a scientific problem, until I recently read this article from Men's Health.  They have found a scientific link between how many hours you are on facebook daily, and if you play sports or not.  Also, within the same study, how many times you sign on to facebook and if it's making you fat or not.

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I know I have faced this same dilemma.  Wednesday afternoon, and you have already had 2 classes.  You get that magical email that your 3rd class is cancelled.  In your mind you are thinking,"Im going to the gym in 15 minutes."  Sure enough you look at the clock on your computer in what seems like 90 seconds and its actually been 25 minutes.  Then you look at the clock again and you want to round up.  So then you extend your ETA on the gym back another 15 minutes.  Pretty soon, whether you go or not, you have already wasted what would have been a solid 1 hour workout.  After reading the study from Science Daily I'm more of a believer of this theory.  I would like to see a more in depth study of this done.  I really think that age and gender would play a huge role in this.  Some people have the metabolism of a 14 year old at 21, while others struggle to keep off the freshman 15.  What do you guys think?


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I think this is a good point to bring up- the internet is obviously a huge distraction to our generation in all aspects of life. But for college students, especially freshmen like myself who are still getting adjusted, weight gain is absolutely a possible consequence of excessive internet usage. You mentioned that there is possibly a link between hours spent on facebook and weight gain. I found an article on CNN that suggests there is a link between facebook, weight gain, and the people with whom we surround ourselves. I think this is definitely true. If your friends don't work out, why should you have to? If everyone's going to the creamery, why should you miss out? This study researched the literal "social network" we have- meaning our circle of friends, not our 1000 friends on facebook. The study states that "Our social networks contain large interconnected clusters of people who gain weight in parallel. Several social processes might explain the appearance of such clusters." So maybe if we get off the computer and motivate ourselves to work out, regardless of whatever it seems like everyone online or in real life is doing, we will be much better off.

http://articles.cnn.com/2009-12-01/opinion/christakis.facebook.obesity_1_social-networks-facebook-gain-weight?_s=PM:OPINION

I think this is a good point to bring up- the internet is obviously a huge distraction to our generation in all aspects of life. But for college students, especially freshmen like myself who are still getting adjusted, weight gain is absolutely a possible consequence of excessive internet usage. You mentioned that there is possibly a link between hours spent on facebook and weight gain. I found an article on CNN that suggests there is a link between facebook, weight gain, and the people with whom we surround ourselves. I think this is definitely true. If your friends don't work out, why should you have to? If everyone's going to the creamery, why should you miss out? This study researched the literal "social network" we have- meaning our circle of friends, not our 1000 friends on facebook. The study states that "Our social networks contain large interconnected clusters of people who gain weight in parallel. Several social processes might explain the appearance of such clusters." So maybe if we get off the computer and motivate ourselves to work out, regardless of whatever it seems like everyone online or in real life is doing, we will be much better off.

http://articles.cnn.com/2009-12-01/opinion/christakis.facebook.obesity_1_social-networks-facebook-gain-weight?_s=PM:OPINION

This is a good start to what will probably lead to many studies. What i think about tho is "does Facebook make us fat?" The obvious answer is obviously no, food and lack of exercise makes you fat. But what causes us not to exercise? For me it is Facebook as well as technology in general. When i have time, i usually find myself on Hulu catching up on shows, when i should be at the gym on the treadmill. The link for the Men's Health didn't work for me, but i was interested to see what their study was. I think it's hard to find a link between facebook and weight gain. I think a lot of science face this problem, its hard to prove but just makes sense when you think about it.

I think this is a good topic to discuss, but I am not a real believer in Facebook making you fat. While it is true that many of us are on social media daily and it even causes some of us to put exercise on hold, I see social media as only being a mere factor in causing us to be unhealthy. Like you stated at the end of the article, every individual has a different body make up and different metabolisms. I don't think this study could apply to everyone because I could spend the same exact time on social media sites as my friend, but we will most likely not gain the same amount of weight, this being due to outside factors. I see this study being similar to the study given to us on our most recent test of caloric intake being tested on monkeys in the sense that these studies are just the beginnings to what could be done. I think there are too many other factors such as metabolisms, age, gender, caloric intake, daily routines, etc that would add to weight gain in an individual. Social media is relatively new in our society and it would be interesting to see more studies on this topic and how it affects our health. Do you think that our generation in particular, being the "social media generation", will be more over weight than others just from the belief that we don't spend as much time being active with all other distractions at our dispense?

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