How often do you use Instagram? How many pictures do you upload per day? Be aware, you might face a mental health problem. Instagram has been ranked as have a detrimental effect on young people’s mental health.
The Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) report said: “The platforms that are supposed to help young people connect with each other may actually be fuelling a mental health crisis.”
Their study #StatusofMind surveyed almost 1500 young people aged 14 to 24 on how certain social media platforms impact on health, like anxiety, depression, loneliness, sleep, bullying and FOMO (Fear of Missing Out).
Actually, you women compare themselves to against unrealistic version of reality and think that their body is not good enough as other people. This fear or jealousy helps the mental health risk.
However, other websites like YouTube, followed by Twitter have the positive ranking. Facebook and Snapchat came third and fourth position respectively. But that doesn’t mean they are safe, if you use them for a longer time, they also become dangerous for your health.
Shirley Cramer CBE, chief executive of the RSPH, said: “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.
To address the issue, the society has recommended introducing a pop-up warning alert to inform users that they have been online for too long.
These social media platforms are not intrinsically bad. But, it is how we use them and encourage others to use it. So, use these platforms wisely and stay safe.
Based on the ratings young people gave to each platform for each of the health and wellbeing-related issues, the five most popular platforms were given a net average score which was used to establish the league table rankings:
- YouTube (most positive)
- Instagram (most negative)