Today, according to the National Institutes of Health, Type 2 diabetes accounts for at least 30 percent of all new childhood cases of diabetes in this country.
Maybe that’s because I used to be one of them. I grew up as a typical mid-1980’s latchkey kid.
Without such warnings, we’ll see more sick, obese children and more angry, litigious parents.
Shouldn’t we know better than to eat two meals a day in fast-food restaurants? That’s one argument. But where, exactly, are consumers — particularly teenagers — supposed to find alternatives? Drive down any thoroughfare in America, and I guarantee you’ll see one of our country’s more than 13,000 McDonald’s restaurants. Now, drive back up the block and try to find someplace to buy a grapefruit.
According to a study conducted by Paul Zak, going on social media can raise your oxytocin levels by as mush as 13%, which is equivalent to the hormonal spike of some people on their wedding day. Oxytocin is known as the “love” hormone because it produces feelings of satisfaction and love. Imagine, two scrolls on Twitter can make you as happy as you will or were on your wedding day. Instagram, Facebook and all other platforms give you feelings of pleasure and happiness. No wonder we love it.
As someone who has attempted to give up social media, I realize how addicting and influential social media has become in today’s society. I could not keep my eyes from seeing Instagram pictures and videos for one whole day. A whole 24 hours! Social media has become part of my life as it has with many other people. According to Pew Research Center, 65% American adults use social networking sites, which has increased 7% since 2005. Usage of social media has significantly increased in this digital age and it is no surprise to find older generations joining the trend. I mean, my mother has a Facebook and Instagram account along with several of my aunts and uncles. My dad once joined Twitter to get traffic updates!