America’s social-media addiction is getting worse; No end to crisis in sight as drought grips India’s Chennai

  • Facebook users in America spend about 42 minutes a day on the social media platform
  • Links between heavy social-media usage and issues like depression and anxiety have been identified, largely due to a “social comparison” phenomenon
  • There is evidence that cutting back on such social-media services might yield health benefits

  • While hot weather and droughts are not new to India, the rapidly urbanising country of 1.3bn is increasingly vulnerable to climate change
  • As conditions worsen, officials in many Indian cities have been criticised for failing to plan for drought and flooding
  • By 2050, an estimated 750m people in South Asia will face extreme water shortages, with 1.8bn facing chronic shortages