Journalism at Michigan State University

Instagram “more addictive than cigarettes and alcohol” according to UK study

If you ask a millennial, what is the first thing they do when they wake up and the last thing they do before falling asleep, odds are they’ll say, “checking social media.”

Social media has increasingly become non-negotiable in the lives of countless youth who depend on sites like Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram for keeping them updated on news, social events, sports, trends and more. In addition to being a one-stop-shop for all social needs, these sites can also have detrimental mental health effects on users. Depression, low self-esteem, sleeplessness and narcissism have all been linked to various social media sites. The worst of the bunch, however, is fan favorite, Instagram. In a 2017 study conducted by the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH), five social media platforms were ranked in order of most positive to most negative.

Could shopping be addictive?

Everyone have experienced that urge to buy that one item on sale. Maybe, you walked past those shoes that you couldn’t leave the store without? Now imagine having that feeling constantly. About 18 million adults in America, are shopping addicts, or compulsive shoppers according to a study on Healthline. This type of retail therapy can not only be destructive financially, but emotionally as well.

In Flint, the real estate market is in turmoil

FLINT, Mich. — Since the Flint Water Crisis became public knowledge, residents were left unsure of what to do with their homes. “There has been a great amount of misconstrued information regarding Flint residents selling their homes during the water crisis. Homeowners can certainly sell their homes,” said Royal Reality real estate agent Danielle Green. Amber Hoey is a Flint resident who heard otherwise.

Drunk driving: an American epidemic

In 2015 drunk driving caused nearly one-third of all driving fatalities in the United States. That is 10,265 people; over 300 more than the year before. However, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 2016 might have marked the worst year yet, with number at a 50-year high. Mark W. Johnson is a retired New York attorney currently living in Rome, Italy. “I used to follow the criminal impaired driving cases for the firm I was at,” Johnson says.

Plasma for sale: body parts aren’t off-limits for cash

When thinking of a donation some thoughts or words that come to mind may include clothes, food, money, or charity. Maybe even the thrift shop The Salvation Army or the consignment shop Goodwill. People donate all the time and do it expecting nothing in return, well at least most people. People will also donate parts of their bodies in exchange for cash. Some common donations include plasma, hair, sperm, and eggs.


Heroin epidemic continues to worsen in mid-Michigan

Heroin continues to destruct our nation’s cities across the map. According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, from 2014 to 2015, heroin overdose death rates have increased by 21 percent. Nearly 13,000 people died in 2015. Greater Lansing shows similar trends. Ingham County Health Department gathers information from a variety of sources to report its annual Opioid Surveillance.

Chinese cities deal with extreme smog, haze

XI’AN, China — The smog and haze issue in China has been a problem for many years, and recently it has become a severe problem. It has the potential to ruin a healthy life for millions of civilians. The concept of environmental pollution is still very unclear to a mass majority of the population. Out of many cities in China suffering from the issue and its consequences, Xi’an residents are tired of living their life in a town full of smog and is ready to take action. “It’s just an average day, I didn’t even realize that the haze is still there,” said Xi’an resident Yu Liu.

Businesses working around fouled water issues to keep doors open in troubled Flint

FLINT, Mich. — “We have to be especially careful in the methods we use to prepare our food since we essentially can’t use the city’s water anymore,” said Banana Boat employee Shayla Burnett. That’s the situation in Flint, Michigan, which was placed under a state of emergency on December 14, 2015 as reaction to the elevated levels of lead in the city’s drinking water. Local restaurants and the Genesee Health Department are responsible for creating methods the city’s restaurants can use to remain open until a long-term resolution is complete. “We have water filters on each faucet, if someone orders water with their meal, we only give out bottled water.

Cold-pressed juicing trend makes its way to Michigan

DETROIT — Gen-X consumers have shown a considerable interest in healthy eating, according to a USA Today survey. Young consumers are more conscious of food ingredients, GMOs and whether or not their food is organic than their older counterparts. As a result, fast food businesses are on the decline and alternative quick-yet-healthier options are rising, even in the Detroit area. One oldie-but-goodie trend in the health food sphere that continues to flourish is juicing. In the past, cold-pressed juice was mostly limited to urban, trendy cities in the U.S. However, today it is a common pick-me-up for the average middle-class working man or woman due to its increasing popularity and availability.

Michigan not immune to opioid epedemic

FLINT, Mich. — There is currently an opioid epidemic happening in our area and across the nation. Opioid use continues to be on the rise. There has been an increase in overdose deaths related to heroin laced with fentanyl or carfentinal (animal tranquilizer),” said Kim Shewmaker, Director of Programs Operations for Flint, Michigan’s Odyssey House drug and alcohol treatment center. Michigan resident Aaron Emerson knows the struggles of battling a heroin addiction.