Facebook Is A Constant Soap Opera


Many DigiDame readers are not on Facebook or Twitter. If you were using social media platforms, you would know that a significant number of people use these networking sites to write very sorrowful posts.

A new study from the University of California, San Diego, just revealed that feelings on Facebook or Twitter can spread from user to user “like a virus.” Once and for all, it has been proven that your friends can affect your moods, positively or negatively.

John Biggs, a very well known Internet writer, wrote a post for Tech Crunch that said we might be underestimating the emotional change of one person that spreads and causes a change in many. “When you feel bad, it actually spreads, digitally, to your friends, something that should give us pause next time we post “Life sucks” on Twitter.”

You can’t imagine how many people vent on Facebook. I don’t know if they think they are talking to a select few or if they love telling a huge audiences so many dark things about themselves, but I feel the University of California, San Diego, is right on in their assessments. I get very blue after reading the soap opera of some of the people I follow.

Here is a sampling of what I am talking about:

1) A former television director has a brain tumor so he gives a debriefing of his visits to the doctor.

2) A mother of a five year old girl always claims her daughter is sick. There hadn’t been a week in years where she hasn’t detailed an illness her daughter has had. I wonder who is making her daughter sick?

3) A middle age male friend lost his mother a few months ago. He talks to her on Facebook several times a week.

4-An acquaintance is miserably married. His flirting on Facebook is embarrassing. I don’t know if his wife knows what is going on. Someone needs to straighten this guy out.

I could go on and on about the countless people who in my estimation go too far spelling out private information. Maybe they feel better after they post. I know I feel worse and worry about them all the time.

Blood, Sweat, and Tattoos


Years ago, the word sweat was taboo. No one talked about it. The sweaty-arm-pits people were considered outcasts. Today, sweat is in vogue. Menopausal women talk about flashing all the time, and fitness folks are proud to show off their wet spots. The more they drip, the more fashionable they become.

Sweat has also become a serious monitoring system for fitness training and gauging metabolic health. Researchers at the University of California-San Diego are exploring ways to monitor sweat as a health indicator. In order to do that, they have developed a new type of tattoo that actually gives them a reading.

The tattoo sensor, which temporarily applies to the skin, tracks chemical balance via sweat. Researchers are most interested in lactate, a compound generated by working muscles. The more lactate the body produces, the more sweat it releases. This technology is ideal for training athletes as it helps monitor one’s metabolic health. The technology is also being modified for use by the general public.

Lactate is usually measured through blood samples. The tattoo sensors are not invasive and do not require several drops of blood at different workout intervals for measurement.

Tattoos are becoming extremely useful. Watch out, you may find yourself sporting body art.