(New Research) Instagram and Snapchat ‘Harm Young People’s Mental Health’

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According to a new report on social media platforms, Instagram and Snapchat ‘Harm Young People’s Mental Health’ and wellbeing. It was also found that YouTube had the most positive effect.

In the UK, the new report by the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) examines the positive and negative effects of social media platforms on the health of young people.

The researchers surveyed about 1,500 people across the UK (14-24 years of age).

The survey asked them to score how each of the social media platforms they use impacts upon 14 health and wellbeing related issues, which were identified by experts such as anxiety, loneliness, and depression in a significant way.

Based on the ratings given on each platform for health and well-being issues, the five most popular platforms were given a net average score.

Based on the ratings given on each platform for health and well-being issues, the five most popular platforms were given a net average score.

YouTube topped the table, followed by Twitter and Facebook.

Snapchat and Instagram found to have the most negative effects on mental health.

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(New Research) Instagram and Snapchat ‘Harm Young People’s Mental Health’

Instagram emerged with the most negative score. It has been badly rated for 7 out of 14 measures, especially for sleep, body image, fear of missing out – and also for the feelings of bullying and anxiety, depression and loneliness.

However, young people cited its upsides too, including self-expression, self-identity and emotional support.YouTube scored very badly for its effect on sleep but positively in 9 out of 14 categories. These include increased awareness and understanding, especially other people’s health experiences, self-expression, loneliness, depression and emotional support.

YouTube scored very badly for its effect on sleep but positively in 9 out of 14 categories. These include increased awareness and understanding, especially other people’s health experiences, self-expression, loneliness, depression and emotional support.

Parents and mental health experts fear that platforms such as Instagram can make young users feel worried and inadequate by facilitating hostile comments about their appearance or reminding them that they have not been invited to, for example, a party many of their peers are attending.

“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.

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(New Research) Instagram and Snapchat ‘Harm Young People’s Mental Health’

Cramer also said, “It is interesting to see Instagram and Snapchat ranking as the worst for mental health and wellbeing – both platforms are very image-focused and it appears they may be driving feelings of inadequacy and anxiety in young people,”.

“It is important that we have checks and balances in place to make social media less of a wild west when it comes to young people’s mental health and wellbeing,” she said.

Honorable research fellow at the University of Cambridge, Becky Inkster said, “For young people, using social media and digital technologies as a tool to help with mental health make sense for many reasons,”

Inkster said “It might help improve psychoeducation, increase self- awareness of mental health and act as a preventative measure. Young people sometimes feel more comfortable talking about personal issues online,”

Michelle Napchan, Instagram head of policy, said: “Keeping Instagram a safe and supportive place, where people feel comfortable expressing themselves, is our top priority – particularly when it comes to young people.

Sources and Citations:

1. http://www.bbc.com/news/health-39955295
2. https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/may/19/popular-social-media-sites-harm-young-peoples-mental-health
3. http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/magazines/panache/instagram-snapchat-detrimental-to-mental-health-may-drive-feelings-of-inadequacy-and-anxiety/articleshow/58750159.cms

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