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Instagram’s— Insta-pay App

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 Once set-up is complete, there are opportunities — very few at this stage, it appears — to use the feature to make advance payments for bookings at places like salons.

Instagram has confirmed the trial and says in future it could be used for a range of services, such as booking movie tickets.

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Research Reveal Ways In Which Social Media Can Affect Your Mental Health

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It Creates Unrealistic Expectations About Life

Things we see in places like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter—is often a window into exaggerated and even misleading versions of peoples’ lives.

People surveyed across the United Kingdom, Spain, France and Italy and found that over 66 percent of the people surveyed make posts on social media designed to make it look like their lives are more interesting and adventure-filled than they actually are.

52 percent of British people surveyed said they post pictures specifically to make their friends and families jealous. Self-images and self-worth are distorted until we realize we can’t live up to what we’ve created about ourselves on the Internet. It’s a vicious cycle.

It Makes Us Sadder

Studies are becoming increasingly clear: these “social connections” actually increase our mental anxieties and stress.

Another study conducted by the Young Health Movement and the Royal Society for Public Health surveyed found that 14 to 24-year-olds believe that social media is worsening bullying, body image anxiety, and feelings of depression and loneliness. Instagram was found to be the worst offender.

 

It Makes You Irrationally Jealous

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Example

Ernie from high school that you never thought was going to go anywhere in life has somehow managed to make a living traveling the world and experiencing the finer things in life — all through a glorious set of perfectly curated filters.

And you? You work in an office. You get two vacations a year—every year—and you usually spend them in bed, hiding away from the world outside for a couple days. Ugh.

A study conducted last year by Kaspersky Lab showed that the more people use social media, the more jealous they become of their peers.

Ruined Relationships

A study from researchers at the University of Michigan examined the association between attachment insecurity and electronic intrusion (unhealthy stalking of peoples’ significant others using social media). The researchers found that, in high schoolers, higher levels of attachment anxiety (and trust issues) were associated with more frequent use of electronic intrusion. Meaning that the more you use social media, the more likely you are to be too far up your significant other—shocker—the less likely you are to trust one another.

It’s Highly Addictive

Its creators specifically designed them to be addictive.

 

Facebook Tracking Internet Users Who Don’t Have A Facebook Account

During his testimony in front of a House committee on Wednesday, Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg stated that his company does track internet users who have not subscribed to Facebook.

Responding to a question poised by U.S. Representative Ben Luján (D-New Mexico), Zuckerberg responded that Facebook tracks non-users for security reasons. That means that these non-subscribers haven’t a clue about what information Facebook has obtained about them. This didn’t sit well with the lawmakers in Congress, who might draft regulations to be applied against the social media app and others of its ilk. “We’ve got to fix that,” said Rep. Luján, referring to a process that forces non Facebook users to sign up for the service if they want to know what personal information the company has obtained. Facebook has responded by saying that it has no plans to develop a method to allow non-users to see the data about them collected by the company.

Besides politicians, privacy advocates are also disturbed by Zuckerberg’s comments. Chris Calabrese, vice president for policy at the Center for Democracy & Technology, said that Facebook needs to reveal what it is doing with all of this information.

Facebook Asked Top Hospitals For Patient Data

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  • Facebook had asked top hospitals to share anonymized patient data, including information on illnesses and prescriptions, CNBC reported.
  • The social media giant planned to use the data to help “several major U.S. hospitals,” which were not named, identify patients who may need care.
  • The effort never passed the planning phase, a Facebook spokesperson told the network, adding the company didn’t receive or analyze such data. Patient consent was not discussed in the early talks, according to the report.
  •  While Facebook’s patient data program may be put on ice for now, the company has a lot of data on individuals and could reboot the effort.

Meanwhile, healthcare companies, and particularly insurers, are pushing to move patients to lower levels of acuity settings, including urgent care and primary care clinics. More emphasis is being given to so-called social determinants of health, primarily access to food, care services and housing, as these factors are known to impact a person’s health.

As preventative care moves upstream and away from hospitals, technology companies see an opening into the $3 trillion healthcare market. Companies from Lyft to Uber and Apple have all announced healthcare platforms this year. Amazon, J.P. Morgan and Berkshire Hathaway also announced they formed a healthcare company in an effort to take greater control over costs and their employees’ health.

“For the first time, (digital) diagnosis of disease was the most-funded value proposition among digital health companies,” Rock Health found in its Q1 digital health funding report.  Digital health startups continue to both tackle the clinical aspects of care (diagnosis of disease, monitoring of disease) and reducing friction between patients and the healthcare system (health benefits administration, on-demand healthcare services).

Other companies such as Omada Health, Virta Health and Vida Health all specialize in accumulating patient data for specific chronic conditions, highlighting a rising of digital therapeutics brands and products.

Whether its a startup or a mature technology company, new entrants have their sights set on healthcare and many are betting on data..

 

Digital Attention Crisis

 

A new group called the Center for Humane Technology wants to reverse the trend of “the digital attention crisis” among young people.

The initial group of experts includes former Google ethicist Tristan Harris; former Facebook operations manager Sandy Parakilas; former Apple and Google communications executive Lynn Fox; former Facebook executive Dave Morin; Facebook “like” button creator Justin Rosenstein; early Facebook investor Roger McNamee; and technologist Renee DiResta.

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Snapchat still dominates among teenagers, a core demographic that represents the future wave of internet consumers and what they care about. Some 79 percent of U.S. 13- to 18-year-olds surveyed said they have a Snapchat account, more than any other type of social media. Of that age group, 73 percent have an Instagram account, and just 57 percent say they are on Facebook.

Facebook Has Artificial Intelligence(AI) To Detect Suicide Posts

 

Facebook’s new “proactive detection” artificial intelligence technology will scan all posts for patterns of suicidal thoughts, and when necessary send mental health resources to the user at risk or their friends, or contact local first-responders. By using AI to flag worrisome posts to human moderators instead of waiting for user reports, Facebook can decrease how long it takes to send help.

Facebook also will use AI to prioritize particularly risky or urgent user reports so they’re more quickly addressed by moderators, and tools to instantly surface local language resources and first-responder contact info. It’s also dedicating more moderators to suicide prevention, training them to deal with the cases 24/7, and now has 80 local partners like Save.org, National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and Forefront from which to provide resources to at-risk users and their networks.

 

 

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