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99-year-old Australian swimmer breaks freestyle world record

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A 99-year-old Australian swimmer has set a new record in the 50 metre freestyle swimming, breaking the world record in his age bracket at the Commonwealth Games swimming trials on the Gold Coast on Wednesday night.

George Corones, who turns 100 in April, completed the 50-metre freestyle in 56.12 seconds, and was the only competitor in the 100-104 age group.

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Organisers of the trials had given Corones a chance to break the world record, which was previously set by the late Canadian swimmer Jaring Timmerman in 2009 with a time of 1 minute and 16.92 seconds.

The Australian Dolphins Swim Team has posted on their Facebook page:”We have just witnessed history in the making!”

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Excess use of social media may lead to depression and loneliness

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Excessive use of social media like Facebook, Snapchat or Instagram could lead to depression and loneliness as this habit is associated with poor well-being,researchers have warned.

A new study, being published in the Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania, showed that limiting screen time on these apps could boost one’s wellness.

The study has tried to look into the causal side of things, and see whether people may actually feel better when they cut down on social media.

“Our findings strongly suggest that limiting social media use to approximately 30 minutes per day may lead to significant improvement in well-being,” the authors concluded.

“When you are not busy getting sucked into clickbait social media, you are actually spending more time on things that are more likely to make you feel better about your life,” said Melissa Hunt, associate director of clinical training at the University of Pennsylvania in the US.

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For the study, researchers from the varsity, included 143 undergraduate participants. The team designed their experiment to include the three platforms most popular with the participants.

They monitored the students for a week to get a baseline reading of their social media use, and gave them questionnaires that assessed their well-being according to seven different factors: social support, fear of missing out (aka FOMO), loneliness, autonomy and self-acceptance (a measure of psychological well-being), anxiety, depression, and self-esteem.

They collected objective usage data automatically tracked by iPhones for active apps, not those running in the background, and asked respondents to complete a survey to determine mood and well-being.

“Using less social media than you normally would leads to significant decreases in both depression and loneliness. These effects are particularly pronounced for folks who were more depressed when they came into the study,” Hunt told Science Daily.

The researchers chose to limit social media, rather than have subjects stop using it altogether, because it was a more realistic option, she noted.

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