A national health and wellbeing charity is urging people to give up personal use of social media for a month.

The Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) will launch Scroll Free September on 1 September, with organisers predicting that hundreds of thousands of people will participate during the month.

According to estimates, charity said women make up the majority of the 300,000 people reportedly planning to quit social media.

"Image-heavy social media platforms like Instagram can be a particularly toxic environment for young women who are often left with feelings of inadequacy and low self-esteem from the barrage of images of unattainable body image ideals that tend to flood such platforms," said RSPH spokesperson Ed Morrow.

The campaign follows research by the charity that sought to determine the effect social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter have on people's mental health and wellbeing.


Uber rival in talks for 2019 float

US ride-hailing giant Lyft is reportedly looking to pursue a potential initial public offering next year.

According to Bloomberg, Uber’s rival is in talks with an adviser for a targeted March of April 2019 float.

Lyft has hired Class V Group LLC to work with the management on the process and plans to begin taking pitches from banks starting as early as September.

The company had raised $600 million in its most recent funding round, doubling its valuation to $15.1 billion.

Crypto is growing in popularity among students

A study has found that more than 40 per cent of the world's top 50 universities now offer at least one course on cryptocurrency or blockchain.

Coinbase teamed up with Qriously to ask students directly about their thoughts on crypto and blockchain - and found that there is a growing interest among them.

The analysis found that 42 percent of the top 50 universities offer at least one class on blockchain or cryptocurrency, and 22 percent offer more than one.

Expanding the results to include longstanding foundational classes on cryptography, 70 percent of universities offer at least one crypto-related class.

Google searches for truth in Trump’s claims, finds none

Trump clearly has the search habits of a teenager after Googling himself and then claiming the search giant is deliberately leaving him out of search results.

Earlier this week he tweeted the headline: "For years Google promoted President Obama's State of the Union on its homepage. When President Trump took office, it stopped."

Unsurprisingly, Google has denied these claims, saying: "On 30 January 2018, we highlighted the livestream of President Trump's State of the Union on the google.com homepage.

"We have historically not promoted the first address to Congress by a new president, which is not a State of the Union address. As a result, we didn't include a promotion on google.com for this address in either 2009 or 2017."

Girls who code also bring in the money

An organisation dedicated to promoting women in tech is bringing home the bacon, after seeing an influx of $1m in donations thanks to ride-hailing company Lyft.

The Uber rival added Girls Who Code to its ‘Round Up & Donate’ programme last year which capitalises on a growing FinTech trend for initiatives that round up payments to the nearest pound, giving the difference to charity.

Not to be outdone, Uber also donated $12m to the tech equality charity as part of a partnership last year.