While the Internet has improved society in a number of ways, its widespread adoption has also had some negative effects. One of the more prominent of which is a marked increase in the severity and incidence of bullying among children. Whereas the children of earlier eras could escape their tormentors once the school day ended, the kids of today can be subjected to seemingly nonstop abuse through social media. And while lawmakers are currently working on ways to curb online bullying, steps must also be taken to help bullying victims recover from their ordeal.
A newly published study by the University of Vermont has found that one way to help kids who have been bullied in the past is to make sure they exercise regularly. Analyzing data from more than 13,000 respondents, researchers found that young people who engage in some form of exercise 6 to 7 times per week were 5 to 10 percent less likely to feel depressed, even if they were subjected to regular bullying. While it is long been known that regular exercise plays a big part in maintaining psychological equilibrium, this study also suggests that doing things as simple as jogging or lifting weights once a day can have a big impact in preventing long-term psychological damage from occurring.
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