Instagram's impact on mental health

Instagram's impact on mental health

Instagram's impact on mental health

The report also says that Instagram can have a positive effect on self-identity among young people, and was encouraging them to explore self-expression.

The report by the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) titled #StatusofMind, surveyed almost 1500 people between the ages of 14 to 24 regarding how different social platforms affect their well-being, including how it affects their anxiety, self-identity and body image.

Asked which social media platform is their number one area of focus, 92% of influencers polled by Hashoff chose Instagram, trailed by Facebook and YouTube at just 2.7% each, while Snapchat garnered just 1.4% and Twitter just 0.7%.

The survey, published on Friday, concluded that Snapchat, Facebook and Twitter are also harmful.

The survey asked young people to evaluate the most commonly used social networking platforms for those with the most negative effects on their mental health, causing more anxiety, depression, loneliness, intimidation, physical image problems, etc.

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'Social media has been described as more addictive than cigarettes and alcohol, and is now so entrenched in the lives of young people that it is no longer possible to ignore it when talking about young people's mental health issues, ' said Shirley Cramer, Chief Executive at RSPH.

It's another Facebook-Google war, by proxy: photo-sharing platform Instagram is far and away the most popular marketing channel for social media influencers, but YouTube is growing fast. The they quizzed nearly 1,500 youngsters, aged from 14 to 24.

Many users also noted that they experienced bullying while using social networks. "With social media being such a new phenomenon, the exact effect it is having on the mental health, emotional wellbeing and physiology of young people is now unclear".

"Instagram makes it easy for girls and women to feel as if their bodies aren't good enough as people add filters and edit their pictures in order for them to look "perfect", said an anonymous girl on the report.

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Social media addiction is thought to affect about 5 percent of young people, according to the study.

Snapchat - an app where users send photos - was ranked second worst out of the five main social media sites.

'This practice is contributing to a generation of young people with poor body image and body confidence'. However, it was considered the most detrimental to young people's sleeping patterns.

Based on the ratings, Instagram was listed as having the most negative effect.

The new study is calling for pop-up heavy usage warnings which would alert users when they've reached a risky level of time on an app. Researchers found about 70 percent of young people support the idea of pop-up warnings. Such tools include education on how to report content, how to directly contact an expert for advice on an issue, how to get support for a friend, etc.

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