Photo-sharing platform, Instagram has been discovered to have a negative implication on mental health of its young users. According to a UK snapshot survey, Instagram was rated the worst social media platform in the world even though all others are equally adjudged harmful to young people’s mental health.
Of the 1,479 respondents and aged between 14-to-24, Instagram was scored the highest among social media platforms on issues such as anxiety, depression, loneliness, bullying and body image. Other social media platforms also scored based on their impacts on users mental health are YouTube, Snapchat, Facebook and Twitter.
Moreover, a report by the Royal Society for Public Health urges social platforms to flag up heavy social media use and identify users with mental health issues.
The RSPH warns that “social media may be fuelling a mental health crisis” in young people.
It can also be used as a tool for good, the report said, and companies should be doing their best to make platforms a safe place to be.
Shirley Cramer, chief executive of the RSPH, said: “It is interesting to see Instagram and Snapchat ranking as the worst for mental health and well-being – both platforms are very image-focused and it appears they may be driving feelings of inadequacy and anxiety in young people.”
Based on these ratings, YouTube was considered to have the most positive impact on mental health, followed by Twitter and then Facebook.