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Social media and mental health: Being authentic on Facebook is better for you, researchers say

Whether you’re on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat or TikTok, many people make huge efforts to curate the best version of themselves online.

But it might be better for your mental health not to craft an idealized view of yourself when using social media, according to a new study published Tuesday in Nature Communications.

There are psychological benefits associated with being authentic when it comes to Facebook posts and likes, a team of US researchers at New York’s Columbia Business School and Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management in Chicago found.

“Being prompted to post in an authentic way was associated with more positive mood and affect, and less negative mood within participants,” the study said.

“Our findings suggest that all individuals regardless of personality traits could benefit from being authentic on social media.”

To reach this conclusion, the researchers did two things.

First, they analyzed the data of 10,560 Facebook users

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  • October 6, 2020
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Social media influencers drive retail sales in the pandemic

Influencers are shaping the way people shop during the pandemic, as more people spend time on their phones and online.

In a year marked by working from home and staying inside, the influencer sphere has adapted to meet followers where they are. Influencers, or content creators who have built a reputation and following for their knowledge or expertise on a niche topic, have tapped into a new type of brand: relatability.

Gone are the days of travelling to luxurious resorts or dining at extravagant five-star restaurants.

Enter the era of dressing up living spaces, trying new home workouts and finding the best skincare products. Instagram photos of designer-label handbags and matcha lattes from the local barista are being replaced with yoga pants and home-cooked meal ideas.

Now that everyone can live like an influencer, platforms

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  • October 3, 2020
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How to Build a Social Media Strategy For Travel Marketing in 2020?

Although the travel and tourism industry has taken a bit of a hit because of the Coronavirus pandemic, expect it to bounce back as soon as the lockdown restrictions are relaxed or lifted completely. Many people have had to postpone all their 2020 travel plans because of Covid-19, so the year 2021 may witness a never-seen-before spike in local as well as international travel as ardent travelers quench their wanderlust. And travel brands need to lay the groundwork for travel marketing from today itself to ride the inevitable wave of bookings that will come tomorrow.

The travel and tourism industry is one of the biggest and most cutthroat industries in the world. It ranks fourth in terms of global social media following. A Business Insider report claims that millennials plan to spend upwards of $5000 on their vacations. Our social feeds are filled with beach selfies, airplane wings cutting through

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  • October 3, 2020
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No News Is Good News: Media Willfully Ignore Hunter Biden Scandal

Last week, a Senate Intelligence Committee report detailed how the son of a major presidential candidate, who has an extensive history of shady foreign business dealings, received a $3.5-million wire transfer from the wife of a Russian politician. The New York Times, Washington Post, CNN, MSNBC, and most major media outlets didn’t cover the wire-transfer story at all. Four years ago, not reporting such a story was a possibility too absurd to even contemplate – but then again, no one would have predicted the candidate with the shady Russia ties is not Donald Trump, but Joe Biden.

People often talk about how Trump is responsible for destroying political norms, and that’s a valid concern. However, one of the truly frightening things about the Trump era is how institutions have exploited a perceived crisis in truth-telling to justify abandoning their own standards by blaming it on Trump. Increasingly, we see major

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  • October 2, 2020
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A Singaporean venture capitalist on what makes Singapore and Southeast Asia the future of ‘big impact’ in e-commerce, media, and technology



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  • Global venture capital firm GGV Capital has offices in China, Singapore, and Silicon Valley has seen its 200-plus portfolio companies through the fallout of the pandemic.

  • Jenny Lee, a Singaporean managing partner at the firm, says short-term impact for startups is unavoidable but long-term outlook can be positive.

  • The Southeast Asian bloc of countries, of which Singapore is currently seen as the leader in investment activity, will see accelerations in 5G, communication technology and fintech, while online education and health could experience a boost.

  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

To Jenny Lee, a managing partner at private equity firm GGV Capital (GGV), there’s no ‘post-COVID-19’; only a new normal to reckon with. 

“The

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  • September 2, 2020
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Alleged rapists arrested in Iran and Egypt after MeToo-inspired social media movement

Campaigners say police are paying attention to cases that otherwise would have gone unheard - Olivier Douliery/AFP
Campaigners say police are paying attention to cases that otherwise would have gone unheard – Olivier Douliery/AFP

Campaigners have hailed a rare victory against sexual violence in the Middle East after prosecutors in Iran and Egypt announced the arrest of alleged rapists who were named online by women.  

Victims of sexual assault in conservative Muslim societies have taken to social media to identify their alleged tormentors in a series of high-profile cases inspired by the “Me Too” movement.

In Tehran, Police Chief Hossein Rahimi announced the arrest of Keyvan Emamverdi, a former art student of Tehran University, who stands accused of multiple counts of rape.

Dozens of women had launched an online campaign to accuse Mr Emamverdi, who owns a bookshop close to the university, of luring them to his house and getting them intoxicated before allegedly raping them.

After one alleged victim named Mr Emamverdi on Twitter with the

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  • August 26, 2020
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online workshops, writing books, and more social media

Four years ago, I realised that my interest in writing about varied subjects could be fulfilled only by being a freelancer. Since then, I have been writing regularly for various publications on subjects ranging from elections to features on travel and cinema. But just as I was settling into a comfortable rhythm and the opportunities seem to be multiplying, the Covid-19 virus brought the world to a standstill.

Suddenly, I was staring at many months of no assignments. A column I had started at the beginning of the year was put on hold and a publication I frequently contributed to, put a pause to freelance contributions.

Romantic notions

Freelancers are looked upon as the lucky few who have managed to break the clutches of bonded employment by working on their own terms. Interestingly, in most of the professional fields/domains today, freelancers are known to have strong bargaining power for their

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Jofra Archer reports racist abuse on social media to the ECB

Jofra Archer has revealed he suffered racist abuse on social media after being withdrawn from England’s squad for the second Test against the West Indies last week for breaching bio-secure protocols.

It emerged the fast bowler had made an unauthorised visit to his flat in Hove before travelling up to Manchester, and he was placed in isolation for five days at the team’s on-site hotel at Emirates Old Trafford.

Archer, who was fined but is available for the third Test which starts on Friday after returning two negative coronavirus tests, accepts he made a mistake but insists he will not tolerate being the target of racism.

Jofra Archer admitted he struggled for motivation after returning to bowling in the nets (Mike Egerton/PA)

“Some of the abuse I have taken over the past few days on Instagram has been racist and I have decided that enough is enough,” Archer wrote

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The 24 funniest parents on social media this week

At TODAY Parents, we love seeing moms and dads post hilarious-but-true thoughts about parenthood on social media.

While summer decisions usually involve what flavor popsicles to buy at the grocery store or where to go on vacation, summer 2020 is all about deciding what to do about school in the fall or whether or not it’s safe to go to the grocery store as the coronavirus pandemic continues. Tough decisions can make life stressful, so we’ve rounded up some of the funniest parents online this week to lighten your mental load.

So laugh along with us as we highlight some of the best posts on social media. Want to share your funny parenting moments with TODAY? Tag TODAY Parents on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook.

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