Home > Newsletters > Weekly > Weekly health update: Meet the 2015 Miss Deaf SA beauties, The Atkins Diet made easy, Put together your own natural first aid kit Updated 25 April 2013 Is social media healthy? The time we spend on Facebook and Twitter can have both positive and negative effects on our health. 0 While I'm not likely to get tendonitis from too much texting, I do love to wile away the time spent waiting in school carparks wafting around on social media. It's one of the few opportunities during the week to touch base with friends and family and wish someone happy birthday and look at the latest baby pics.It's not like I would be likely to spend that time being active anyway (for some reason my son doesn't encourage me to do aerobics in the parking lot in front of the school). I am aware, however, that there must be a health impact from spending time staring at the screen on my phone.The research tells me there are positives and negatives, but like with most things, it's a matter of balance. If you're Facebooking while you jog, or Twittering on the treadmill, you probably aren't getting the mental or physical benefits that a focused workout would offer. But on the plus side, Twitter and Facebook can both be great ways to connect with other people who share your fitness goals, and get that high five for a goal reached.Social media can also be a valuable way to connect when the health fates are not smiling on you - from coping with a baby with a fever to saying hi to a sick relative, it's an instant, easy way to ask for advice or connect.What are your feelings? Do you think social media has a positive influence on your health and fitness? Or is it an unhealthy time vampire? Send us an email and your views could be published on Health24. Adele Hamilton More: WeeklyWeekly health update: Meet the 2015 Miss Deaf SA beauties, The Atkins Diet made easy, Put together your own natural first aid kit advertisement Read Health24’s Comments Policy Comment on this story 0 comments Comments have been closed for this article. Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Loading comments... Other news Lifestyle How to check your anus and vagina to ensure all’s well down there Lifestyle How this young man inspires his neighbourhood to stay fit Lifestyle How these top doctors avoid cancer Parenting Does bullying start at home? Medical Even older drugs are getting steep price increases Medical Tattooed and need an MRI scan? What you need to know From our sponsors Don’t just stop smoking, start something amazing Do you suffer from red, itchy eyes? Effective treatment for ADHD is available What is allergic conjunctivitis? FAQs Live healthier » Most couples do not get divorced after infertility struggles IVF kids may have higher risk of autism Progesterone gel as good as injection for IVF Fertility treatments tied to higher odds for pregnancy complications For most women who cannot conceive naturally, in vitro fertilisation is very safe and effective, but it may involve a higher risk of complications during pregnancy. Heart health » Another day at the office – thanks to a defibrillator close at hand Statins help the heart, no matter what your age Even the smallest fitness gains could help you reduce the risk of a heart attack 5 women share exactly what it feels like to have a heart attack 'I felt like I had a pill stuck in my throat.'