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Kids these days are completely incapable of interacting with people outside of Twitter! … At least, that’s been the argument—up until now. The claim that people who grew up with access to the world wide web and social media don’t know how to have face-to-face communication with other, living, breathing people has been a popular one. However, new research is uncovering how this may not be the case, after all.

Researchers from the University of Kansas published a study in the journal Information, Communication & Society about this very topic. In their first study, they found that social media access does not limit or reduce the amount of meaningful exposure users have with their friends and family. This fact was even more interesting when considering that participants were being studied at the height of many major social media networks surged in popularity, including Facebook.

“What was interesting was that, during a time of really rapid adoption of social media, and really powerful changes in use, you didn’t see sudden declines in people’s direct social contact,” Associate Professor of Communication Studies Jeffrey Hall told Science Daily. “If the social-displacement theory is correct, people should get out less and make fewer of those phone calls, and that just wasn’t the case.”

While this first study mainly focused on Generation X, their second study included half adults and half college students. “What we found was that people’s use of social media had no relationship to who they were talking to later that day and what medium they were using to talk to people later that day,” Hall said. There was no indication that regular social media engagement reduced the amount of time people spent with other people later on in the day—including time spent on the telephone (which naysayers tend to say social media users no longer do).

The rise of social media certainly has its perks and drawbacks. One thing these researchers are happy to find is they can finally begin to debunk the assertion that users are turning into unhealthy recluses simply because they use social media. Any potential long-term psychological or social risks of social media use will likely continue to be investigated.

But, for now, we can rest easy knowing that the platforms we rely upon so much don’t directly cause people to turn into antisocial zombies—instead most people are still enjoying the same level of meaningful interpersonal reaction as others who opt not to tweet.

SOURCE: https://www.care2.com/greenliving/social-media-doesnt-cause-people-to-isolate-2.html

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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19

Dear Patients:

Our patients, employees and family are our top priority at Long Island Spine Specialists, P.C.

We ask you to not visit any of our locations if you have symptoms such as fever, sneezing, coughing and possible shortness of breath.

Please cancel your appointment and re-schedule once you are feeling better and are no longer suffering with symptoms.

Only non-symptomatic patients will be seen. No exceptions.

Accompanying family members – including children – are asked to remain in the waiting area and will not be allowed to enter the exam rooms.

During this time of high concern regarding the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) we are taking extra precautions to maintain the highest possible standards of safety and cleanliness. Please be advised that we are carefully following recommendations from both the CDC and WHO and are here to help guide you through this time if needed.

Some steps we are taking to keeping safe:

  1. We know how important cleanliness is and always maintain the highest standards of cleanliness. To further offer you peace of mind, we have increased the frequency of the cleaning of our office.
  2. Rest assured that hand washing is strictly followed. Hand sanitizer is available to all staff and patients.
  3. Additionally, if you have recently traveled to a country with high rates of the coronavirus or have been on a cruise, please reschedule your visit for at least 14 days from your return date. We will gladly accommodate your needs to reschedule. At that time, a telehealth interface can be arranged if necessary.

Find up-to-date and accurate information on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website and feel free to reach out with questions.

- Your team at Long Island Spine Specialists, P.C.

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