Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
Sci-tech | By Carrie Guzman

Instagram ranked worst social network for young people's mental health

Instagram ranked worst social network for young people's mental health

Instagram has the most negative impact on young people's mental wellbeing, a survey of nearly 1,500 14- to 24-year-olds found, and the health groups accused it of deepening young people's feelings of inadequacy and anxiety.

She demanded tough measures "to make social media less of a wild west when it comes to young people's mental health and wellbeing".

In the poll, about 1,479 people aged 14-24 were asked a series of questions about whether social media platforms, including YouTube, Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook and Twitter had an impact on their health and well-being, the BBC reported.

"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.

To help combat the negative impact social media can have on young people the RSPH is calling for a set of recommendations to be implemented.

By 2019, the sponsorship money influencers receive on Instagram alone is set to more than double from about $1 billion this year to almost $2.4 billion, according to a recent estimate by Mediakix.

A survey of nearly 1,500 14 to 24 year olds found that the photo-sharing platform has a serious impact on young people's body image and the quality and quantity of sleep they get.

Meanwhile, Google-owned YouTube was considered the most likely to promote positive attributes, such as developing awareness, enabling self-expression and proving young people with emotional support.

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Prof Sir Simon Wessely, president of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, said: "I am sure that social media plays a role in unhappiness, but it has as many benefits as it does negatives. There is real danger in blaming the medium for the message".

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Young Minds, the charity which Theresa May visited last week on a campaign stop, backed the call for Instagram and other platforms to take further steps to protect young users. "It's also important to recognise that simply "protecting" young people from particular content types can never be the whole solution".

Some influencers take a considerable amount of time to create their best posts, but for others it's a relatively quick affair, Hashoff found, with 26.2% saying they can create a high-quality post in ten to 30 minutes, while 25.9% said it takes 30 to 60 minutes, and 25.9% said it takes one to three hours, and 16.3% said it takes more than three hours.

Instagram's website says it has more than 600 million active monthly users.

Instagram said that it remains dedicated to keeping the platform a "safe and supportive place" for users, and added that it is working closely with experts to enhance the app to provide mental health support.

"For those struggling with mental health issues, we want them to be able to access support on Instagram when and where they need it". "In 2014, just over one in 10 young people said that they had experienced cyberbullying by phone or over the internet".

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