Montreal study finds correlation between teens’ social media time and restrictive eating

Researchers at Sainte-Justine Hospital in Montreal have found a correlation in teenagers between the amount of time spent on social media and restrictive eating behaviours or eating disorders.

The findings were published in the journal Psychology & Health and followed 3,801 high school students over five years.

“Social media makes you feel less good about yourself and promotes a desire to be thinner, to have concerns about your weight, and potentially engage in restrictive behaviours,” said lead author Patricia Conrod.

Her previous work researching a link between social media and depression was used during a 2021 Congressional hearing where Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg was questioned about the link.

Conrod said it can fuel a downward spiral where looking at an app can generate negative emotions but instead of turning away, it can lead to more time scrolling.

“The more you are in a lower mood, the more you’ll turn to social media, and the more than social media will impact on your mood in a negative spiral,” she said.

Her work rings true to Clara Chemtov, former Miss Teenage Quebec and outspoken advocate on eating disorders.

“Social media definitely had a negative impact,” she said. “Just because the way apps like Instagram work it will always show you more of the content they think you like. That meant my feed was always flooded with professional dancers and models who had bodies that were completely unlike my own.”

Chemtov was diagnosed with anorexia at 17 years old and is currently in recovery.

“Sometimes you can’t help it,” she said. “Even though you know cognitively that your life doesn’t have to look like theirs to be worthwhile. When you see it everyday, all the time, it does take a toll. You start to question yourself.”


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Opinion: This may be the only way to stop social media from harming our kids

Editor’s Note: Kara Alaimo, an associate professor of communication at Fairleigh Dickinson University, writes about issues affecting women and social media. Her book, “This Feed Is on Fire: Why Social Media Is Toxic for Women and Girls — And How We Can Reclaim It,” will be published by Alcove Press in 2024. The opinions expressed in this commentary are her own. Read more opinion on CNN.


Tech executives could face the prospect of time behind bars in Britain if they willfully ignore rules designed to protect children online under a proposed amendment to an online safety bill.

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As it’s currently written, the bill would require social media companies to identify and remove content promoting self-harm, including content that glorifies suicide, and not allow children under the age of 13 to use their platforms. In a written statement to parliament, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Michelle Donelan said tech leaders who act in “good faith” would not be affected, but those who “consent or connive” not to follow the new rules could face jail time.

Let’s hope this bill passes. For far too long, tech leaders have evaded responsibility for the harmful impact their products can have on those who use them. And while it’s unlikely that a law similar to this amendment to the UK bill would ever pass in the US — given its fiercely pro-business climate, broad constitutional protection of free speech, and regulations that limit liability for internet platforms over what their customers post online — other countries should consider similar penalties for tech executives.

The tech industry, of course, disagrees. TechUK, an industry trade association in the country, said the prospect of jail time would not make social networks safer for children but would discourage investment in

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This Digital Sports Media Is Serving the Internet-first Sports Fans’ Experience

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In today’s interconnected world, the transformation of digital technology is changing the way fans view and consume mainstream sports. Be it radio commentary, live updates on social media, ball-by-ball updates, minute-by-minute stats on dedicated sports apps, or interacting with other fans on apps and social media, the digitalization of sports has dramatically changed fan experience.


Sports enthusiasts prefer to be hyper-informed with every minute detail of their favorite players and teams, as a way to seek a deeper insight into their favorite sport, with players themselves connecting directly with the fans via Instagram, TikTok and Twitter. Players, official handles of celebrated teams, and congregation of sporting events also oblige and enjoy direct correspondence with their fan bases through various social media channels.

Moreover, the COVID-19 pandemic has worked as a catalyst to accelerate and promote digitalization in the sports industry. Events were carried out behind closed doors, press conferences went virtual and many traditional sports media houses were affected by this new change.

Media houses such as EssentiallySports, which were already leveraging the digital media technology even before the onset of the pandemic, seemed to be least affected by the disruption. As we delved deeper into their USP, we got a chance to chat with the co-founder of EssentiallySports, Suryansh Tibarewal. In our conversation, he certainly provided some interesting insights into how an organization uses the internet and digital technology to transform the way we consume sports, and what makes them different from the others in the market.

While explaining what makes his company different from the competition, he brought out the point that “fans seek a connection beyond the sport and want to share the experience with fellow like-minded

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Why it’s time to stop filming strangers in public for social media thrills | Jason Okundaye

Jason Okundaye

Once, when I was younger and would dress somewhat outrageously, I caught a stranger recording me on his phone as I danced on the tube, on my way to a gay club. The video never surfaced online to my knowledge – perhaps he simply sent it to a group chat – but for months I looked over my shoulder when dancing.

Turning strangers into online content for the purposes of comedy and entertainment has become a global pastime. And we lap it up. A drunk person relieves themselves in the street, a loved-up couple gets a bit steamy in a supermarket, a man is in his own world loudly singing out of tune on crowded public transport – the content is endless. But the line between lighthearted teasing and digital harassment seems to be getting thinner by the day.

Recently, a 64-year-old, retired man, Michael Peacock, was filmed dancing enthusiastically at Fabric nightclub in London. The video was uploaded online with the caption: “Yo I’ll never be going Fabric again.” The intention was clearly to laugh at the man’s dancing, and the clip also invited a range of homophobic and ageist responses, with the man in question reporting to Vice that his “heart sank” when he saw tweets about himself.

None of us can expect a legally protected right to absolute privacy when we step out in public. There are, however, basic ideas that we’re all supposed to hold around respect and dignity, which mean we should not invade others’ personal space through intrusion or fixed observation. It’s an unspoken code that is evaporating at a time where there are rewards to be gained by selling out another person’s privacy, making them go viral.

Cases such as Peacock’s might seem obviously cruel or unwarranted, but clearly not everyone

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Review: Mystery-thriller Missing is a delightful surprise that tells a compelling story through digital media

Storm Reid in a scene from Missing.Photo Credit: Temma Hankin/Sony Pictures

  • Missing
  • Written and directed by Nicholas D. Johnson and Will Merrick
  • Starring Nia Long, Tim Griffin and Storm Reid
  • Classification PG; 111 minutes
  • Opens in theatres Jan. 20

Critic’s Pick

Over and over, we see the media try to fit the realities of our digital worlds onto screens in ways that don’t work. Some of the worst scenes in modern film and television feature characters having a conversation over text. At worst, scrolling messages over a screen are distracting; at best, they are tolerable.

Which means setting an entire feature film entirely on the various screens that take over our lives is a gamble – making Missing’s entire concept a huge risk.

Missing is essentially a standalone sequel to 2018′s Searching, a well-received film where a father has to find his missing daughter and which the audience experiences through his Google searches and video calls. Could effectively the exact same concept work again? Somehow, yes. Missing is a delightful surprise.

Made by first-time directors Nick Johnson and Will Merrick (and produced by the writer and directors of Searching) Missing follows rebellious teen June Allen (Storm Reid) as her mother, Grace (Nia Long), goes missing while on holiday in Colombia with her boyfriend, Kevin (Ken Leung). When June is set to pick them up from the airport and they don’t arrive, her worst suspicions are confirmed: her mother has gone missing in a foreign country and Kevin may not be who he says he is. Actually, a lot of people in June’s life may not be who they say they are, and it becomes clear that only June can figure out what is really going on with her mother’s sudden disappearance.

The film keeps viewers on the

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