Sunday 18 March 2018

Instagram is the 'worst for social network mental health'


Alexander Britton

Instagram is the worst social media site in terms of its impact on the mental health of young people, a report has suggested.

The #StatusofMind survey found the photo-sharing app negatively impacted on people's body image, sleep and fear of missing out.

However, the survey of 1,479 youngsters aged 14 to 24 found Instagram was positive in terms of self-expression and self- identity.

Respondents were asked to score how each of the social media platforms they use impacts on issues.


The site with the most positive rating was YouTube, with Twitter second. Facebook and Snapchat came third and fourth respectively.

"The platforms that are supposed to help young people connect with each other may actually be fuelling a mental health crisis," said the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) report.

Recommendations included introducing pop-ups on sites such as Twitter and Facebook warning users about heavy usage.

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