Spending more time on Instagram? It may be bad for your mental health

Youngsters are particularly vulnerable to the effects of Instagram.

By: IANS | London | Published: May 19, 2017 9:10:26 pm
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Instagram is rated as the worst social media platform when it comes to its impact on young people’s mental health, a poll conducted in the UK says.

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The poll conducted Royal Society for Public Health (RCPH) asked 1,479 people aged 14-24 were asked a series of questions about whether YouTube, Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook and Twitter had an impact on their health and well-being, the BBC reported.

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Participants were asked to score each platform on 14 health and well-being issues.

Based on these ratings, YouTube was considered to have the most positive impact on mental health, followed by Twitter and then Facebook.

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Snapchat and Instagram were given the lowest scores overall.

The RSPH report warns that “social media may be fuelling a mental health crisis” in young people, reports the BBC.

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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.

About 90 per cenr of young people use social media – more than any other age group – so they are particularly vulnerable to its effects, although it is not clear what these are on current evidence.

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