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Manchester has been named the city most addicted to social media

Know anyone who’s always on their phone?

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After spending nearly a full year in some form of lockdown or another, it’s not surprising to discover we’re spending more time on social media than ever before, as our social lives have become virtual.

While social media is a great way to stay in touch with friends and family, it’s also very addictive, and according to a new survey people in Manchester are more hooked than any other city.

AddictiveTips conducted a study looking into how many hours a week on average the UK spends on social media, asking 5,435 participants to record their weekly social media screen time for six months.

And Manchester has been named the most addicted to social media, with Mancunians spending an average of 16 hours and 13 minutes a week scrolling through popular social sites.

The survey also discovered that our most popular platform is Facebook, with Mancs logging on for an average of 16 hours and 35 minutes a week.


Ranking second is Bradford, where residents spend approximately 16 hours and 5 minutes a week on social media. You will most likely catch them on YouTube, with participants admitting to spending an average of 16 hours and 30 minutes a week watching videos.

In third place is Sheffield with an average social media screen time of 15 hours and 58 minutes. The most popular platform in Sheffield is WhatsApp with people spending an average of 16 hours and 32 minutes a week messaging.

Following closely behind are Worcester (15h 32mins), London (14h 42mins) and Liverpool (14h 33mins), with York (14h 17mins), Glasgow (13h 58mins), Nottingham (13h 54mins) and Belfast (13h 52mins) making up the rest of the top ten.

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It turns out Peterborough is the UK city least addicted to social media. Participants spend 75% less time scrolling through socials than here in Manchester, recording a weekly average of just 4 hours and 2 minutes.

Ranking second is Bristol with residents spending an average of 4 hours and 50 minutes on social media, closely followed by Armagh (5h 16mins), Newport (5h 44mins) and Birmingham (6h 1min) ranking third, fourth and fifth, respectively.

According to Addictivetips TikTok is the most addictive social media site, with Brits spending an average of 12 hours and 12 minutes on the platform.

YouTube comes in second (12h 4mins), followed by Facebook (11h 59 mins), Twitter (11h 56mins) and Instagram (11h 46mins).

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Boy, 9, delivers letter to Prime Minister pleading for medicinal cannabis prescription for epileptic brother

Thomas wrote to the Prime Minister in a bid to get his little brother, Eddie, a prescription for the treatment

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The brother of a severely epileptic boy penned an emotional letter to the Prime Minister in his plea for a medicinal cannabis prescription.

Nine year old Thomas Braun, from Farndon, Cheshire, told Boris Johnson that his parents should not have the ‘added worry of having to find lots of money to pay for his medicine,’ according to the BBC.

His younger brother Eddie can suffer up to 100 seizures a day, and his family currently spend around £800 a month on his medicinal cannabis treatment, which they say is ‘life changing.’

Thomas, who said his brother means ‘everything’ to him, asked the prime minister to help his parents ‘and the other mums and dads’ who have to fundraise each month to meet the medical bills.

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He wrote: “My mum and dad love us both, and they have to help Eddie a lot and sometimes I have to help too.

“They have the added worry of having to find lots of money to pay for his medicine. Lots of our friends help. But getting the medicine from the government without having to do lots of things to find the money would help them a lot.”

Thomas admitted that he ‘felt nervous’ delivering the letter to Downing Street but he said ‘it was also very exciting, because this is my chance to actually help change my brother’s life and my family’s life.’

Medicinal cannabis can be prescribed on the NHS but only in ‘exceptional’ cases.

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The treatment was made legal with a prescription in 2018 for those with an ‘exceptional clinical need.’ But since then, only three NHS prescriptions have been issued, forcing families to spend thousands of pounds on private treatments.

A spokeswoman for the Department of Health and Social Care said licensed cannabis-based medicines were ‘funded by the NHS where there is clear evidence of their safety and clinical effectiveness.’

She said specialist doctors could now prescribe ‘unlicensed cannabis-based products for medicinal use where it is clinically appropriate and in the best interests of patients.’

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Mum praises hero lorry driver who prevented her son jumping from M62 motorway bridge

The woman revealed how her son was ‘his normal self’ hours before the incident unfolded

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The mother of the young man pictured sitting on the railings of a bridge over the M62 last week has praised the actions of the heroic lorry driver who parked his vehicle below in a bid to prevent him from jumping.

A distressing image of the young man went viral last week after being shared by Vulnerable Citizen Support Leeds, a community that provides help and assistance to those struggling with mental health issues and homelessness.

The organisation wrote alongside the image: “This is a picture from the M62 Motorway Bridge – a passerby has posted it to raise awareness of the situation at hand.

“What people don’t understand is that to jump on the other side of any bridge indicates something drastically wrong with their mental health.

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“What a trucker – stopping on the hard shoulder and leaving his truck there – to ensure when he did jump – it wasn’t a longer distance to the floor.”

And now, after the picture went viral, the man’s mum, who wants to remain anonymous but is said to be from Manchester, has spoken out and has praised the quick thinking of the unidentified lorry driver on that fateful day.

She explained that she didn’t realise it was even her son until she saw the image circulating on social media, telling Yorkshire Live: “I kept looking at it and I thought, ‘I’m sure that is my son.’

“The picture got sent to me and it was circulated around and I could tell it was him by the way he was sat and the clothes he had on.”

She went on to explain that she had seen him earlier that day and that ‘he was his normal self.’ 

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She added: “Looking back, all I can think to myself is, ‘oh my God, that could’ve been the last I saw him. Before he left, he turned round to me and said, ‘see you mum, I love you’ and I said it back but that could’ve been the last time.”

Speaking of the lorry driver who parked under the bride, the woman said: “He saved his life.

“At the moment, my son has a lot of problems. He has a lot of worries and I’m just grateful that the driver’s stopped him from doing that and I can’t express how grateful that he did stop.”

She concluded by revealing that her son visited a doctor shortly after the incident and is now receiving help.

If you or anyone you know has been suffering with mental health issues, you can call the Samaritans at 116 123, or CALM at 0800 58 58 58. Alternatively, you can find local mental health services and more info here.

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Manchester Cathedral launches a new ‘listening post’ to tackle stigma around mental health and loneliness

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Manchester Cathedral has launched a new initiative that aims to tackle the stigma surrounding mental health and loneliness.

‘The Listening Post’ has been erected in its gardens, with members of the cathedral waiting to listen to those wanting to either talk, vent, offload their problems, or all three.

The cathedral announced the new initiative on Facebook this morning, writing: “Today we’ve launched #TheListeningPost. Throughout the summer, depending on the weather and availability, there’ll be someone to have a chat with outside Manchester Cathedral.

“Hours will vary but the warm welcome and compassionate listening won’t.”

The post was quick to garner a reaction online, with many social media users applauding the cathedral for the touching idea.

One Facebook user wrote: “Fabulous idea – get all churches to do it.”

Another noted: “What a fantastic idea, I may be popping along.”

Though this isn’t the first time Manchester Cathedral has made an effort to raise awareness for mental health amongst the community – once a year, they host the Manchester Sleepout, a giant sleepover to share the reality of homelessness in the city and to offer a glimpse into rough sleeping. 

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They also hosted an interfaith service to mark World Mental Health Day in October last year.

Describing the event, they wrote on their website: The World Mental Health Day Interfaith Service was born out a simple vision – for faith communities to collaborate with health and social agencies, to address the mental health inequalities that we increasingly recognise in our midst and in doing so to build a stronger society.”

Manchester Cathedral can be found on Victoria Street, Manchester, M3 1SX.

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