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Social Media Effects on Health

By Amy Occhipinti, M.S. | May 11, 2015 9:00 AM

Whether the likes of InstagramPinterest and famous bloggers make regular appearances in your lifestyle, there's certainly no denying that social media has an impact on our mental and physical health. 

"The intriguing new science of social networks is demonstrating how personal interconnections can affect our health," writes Anthony Komaroff, M.D., the executive editor of Harvard Health Letter. "Ideas and habits that influence health for better or for worse can spread through social networks in much the same way that germs spread through communities. In social networks, though, transmission can happen even though the people may be hundreds of miles apart." In simpler terms, networkers may be making an unhealthy connection between what they stumble across on the Internet and their own reality. People may assume, for example, that because it's on Instagram it's not airbrushed, so it must be real, right? Not exactly. 

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