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Facebook And Instagram Are Damaging Children’s Mental Health, New Study Warns

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Researchers have warned that social media raises children’s risk of mental health problems by up to half.

The researchers who carried out a major study warned that social media exposes teenagers to cyber-bullying and harms sleep.

Checking various social media platforms weekly means the risk of suffering “psychological distress” is up to 20 percent. Logging in as little as four times a day can raise the danger by half again, the study of more than 10,000 children shows.

The study showed that teenage girls who check Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat weekly have a 20 percent risk of psychological distress. But for those logging on frequently — four times a day or more — the risk increases to 28 percent, a rise of 40 percent.

Boys on social media irregularly have a ten percent risk of suffering from mental health issues. But it rose to 15 percent in those who logged on several times a day.

With half of all mental illness starting before the age of 14, Dr. Louise Theodosiou, from the Royal College of Psychiatrists, said social media giants must do more to protect kids.

According to The Sun UK, she said: “We’ve seen a worrying rise in low mood and depression among girls and young women in recent years. This paper helps our understanding of the link between social media use and mental health problems.”

The findings are in The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health.

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Miss Myanmar Comes Out As A Lesbian Following Her Participation At The 2019 Miss Universe Contestant

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Miss Myanmar, Swe Zin Htet has come out as a gay woman following her competition at the 2019 Miss Universe.

21-year-old Swe Zin Htet came out publicly just days before taking part in the pageant at Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta, Georgia on Sunday, December 8, 2019.

Htet, who won her Miss Myanmar title in May 2019, came out as a lesbian in an interview with the beauty blog Missosology a week before the Miss Universe finals.

‘I came to a full realization about my sexual orientation over a long period of time. I knew I was “one of them” way back in 2015,’ she said.

Coming out publicly isn’t easy, she said, but she wants to use her platform to help LGBTQ people in Myanmar.

Miss Myanmar comes out as a lesbian following her participation at the 2019 Miss Universe contestant

‘It is personally quite challenging but I feel that I have a greater voice and the best position to promote this cause. Some pageant fans know about it and they still support me but this is the first time I am able to talk about it in public,

‘I believe that not all countries allow same-sex marriage. I want the world to accept the LGBTQ+ community and their right to choose their own path and pursuit of happiness,’ she went on.

‘Love is the most powerful thing and people fall in love with human beings, not gender.’

Speaking about the importance of advocacy, she said: ‘I have that platform that, if I say that I’m a lesbian, it will have a big impact on the LGBTQ community back in Burma,’ she told People via a translator.

Miss Myanmar comes out as a lesbian following her participation at the 2019 Miss Universe contestant

‘The difficult thing is that in Burma, LGBTQ people are not accepted… they are looked down on by other people and are being discriminated against.’

LGBTQ people in Myanmar do not have equal rights and I want to change that. I feel like if I am open about my sexuality others will open up, too,’ Htet told Glamour.

The Miss Universe organization has voiced support for Htet.

‘We are honored to give a platform to strong, inspirational women like Miss Universe Myanmar, who are brave enough to share their unique stories with the world,’ Paula Shugart, president of The Miss Universe Organization, told People. ‘Miss Universe will always champion women to be proud of who they are.’

Meanwhile, it is illegal to engage in gay sex in Myanmar, According to Al Jazeera, Section 377 punishes gay sex with up to 10 years in prison.

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Cardi B Gives Her Opinion On Feminism As She Covers Vogue Magazine With Her Daughter

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Cardi B, who is one of the four stars to cover Vogue magazine’s January 2020 issues, gave her opinion on feminism. She also explained why she got back with Offset after they broke up.

On feminism, Cardi, whose birth name is Belcalis Marlenis Almánzar, said: “Women always want to talk about feminism and supporting everybody, except if it doesn’t fit your category of what to support.

“Certain women that claim they are feminists only think that a certain type of woman should represent that. Like oh, you have to have a college degree, and you have to fu**ing be, practically, like, a senator, or Mother Teresa, or a Christian holy woman. No, you do not.

“Feminism means being equal to a man, and I am.”

Cardi B gives her opinion on feminism as she covers Vogue magazine with her daughter

On why she got back with Offset after she separated from him for cheating on her last year, she said: “Everybody has issues. I believe in forgiveness. I prayed on it. Me and my husband, we prayed on it. We had priests come to us. And we just came to an understanding like, bro, it’s really us against the world.”

She added: “He has my back for everything, I have his back for everything, so when you cheat, you’re betraying the person that has your back the most. Why would you do that? We have come to a clear understanding. For me, monogamy is the only way. I’ll beat your a– if you cheat on me.

Cardi B gives her opinion on feminism as she covers Vogue magazine with her daughter

Addressing fans who weren’t in support of her and Offset getting back together, she said: “When me and my husband got into our issues — you know, he cheated and everything — and I decided to stay with him and work together with him, a lot of people were so mad at me; a lot of women felt disappointed in me.

“But it’s real-life sh**. If you love somebody and you stop being with them, and you’re depressed and social media is telling you not to talk to that person because he cheated, you’re not really happy on the inside until you have the conversation. Then, if you get back with them, it’s like, how could you? You let all of us down.”

Cardi shares her Vogue January 2020 cover with Kulture Kiari Cephas, her 1-year-old daughter with Offset.

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Miss South Africa, Zozibini Tunzi crowned Miss Universe 2019 | PHOTOS

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South Africa’s Zozibini Tunzi was crowned Miss Universe 2019 on Sunday night.

The 26-year-old beauty queen beat 89 other contestants to be crowned the new Miss Universe during the pageant held at Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta, Georgia.

Miss Puerto Rico Madison Anderson was the first runner up and Miss Mexico Sofia Aragon was the second runner-up.

The final three were asked on-stage: “What is the most important thing you should be teaching young girls today?”

Miss South Africa Zozibini Tunzi crowned Miss Universe 2019 (Photos)

Clad in a striking gold and silver gown, Tunzi answered: “leadership.”

“It’s something that has been lacking in young girls and women for a very long time… because of what society has labeled women to be,” she said.

“I think we are the most powerful beings in the world, and that we should be given every opportunity, and that is what we should be teaching these young girls, to take up space,” Tunzi continued.

“Nothing is as important as taking up space in society and cementing yourself.”

She also explained why she was the right choice to be crowned while speaking on social issues.

 

“I grew up in a world where a woman who looks like me — with my kind of skin and my kind of hair — was never considered to be beautiful,” she said in her last response. “I think it is time that that stops today. I want children to look at me and see my face and I want them to see their faces reflected in mine.”

 

Miss South Africa Zozibini Tunzi crowned Miss Universe 2019 (Photos)

 

Zozibini Tunzi was crowned by last year’s winner, Catriona Gray from the Philippines, who also spoke during Sunday’s pageant, saying the past year has been “unforgettable, life-changing and purposeful.”

 

The three-hour show was hosted by award-winning comedian, Steve Harvey alongside actress and former beauty queen Vanessa Lachey.

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