A new study claims that Instagram “is the social networking app most detrimental to young people’s mental health” and a group is calling for a warning label for it.
Collegecandy.com says that social media apps “rarely reflect our true lives” and actually make people feel worse as they try to look better – especially young people!
A new study says that 91% of 16-24 year olds use the internet for social networking and that rates of anxiety and depression have increased 70% in the past 25 years. The study also claims that social media is linked with increased rates of anxiety, depression and poor sleep.
Out of all of the social media apps, Instagram came out “with the most negative impact, especially among young women.” The author of the study believes that is partly due to the filters that you can apply to pictures to manipulate them and make yourself look better.
The RSPH and the Young Health Movement are calling for “a pop-up heavy usage warning on social media”. They also want social media platforms “to identify users who could be suffering from mental health problems by their posts, and discretely signpost to support.” Lastly, they want social media platforms to let people know when pictures have been digitally altered.
Do you think their requests sounds reasonable?
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