Instagram rated worst media for mental health

With many social media options, small businesses need focus

The Royal Society for Public Health and the Young Health Movement (YHM) conducted the #StatusOfMind survey, examining the positive and negative effects of social media on a young person's health.

"It's interesting to see Instagram and Snapchat ranking as the worst for mental health and wellbeing - both platforms are very image-focused and it appears they may be driving feelings of inadequacy and anxiety in young people".

Meanwhile, 80 per cent think social media platforms should identify users who could be suffering from mental health, and point them out to support groups.

Instagram has been deemed the social network most likely to have a negative affect on the mental health and wellbeing of children, according to a new report.

"Every day people from all over the world use Instagram to share their own mental health journey and get support from the community", she said.

With social media's global presence showing little signs of abating, the RSPH has called on companies to do more to tackle its adverse effects of young people and has issued a series of recommendations.

Young people experience increased rates of anxiety, depression, low self-esteem and poor sleep because of popular social media platforms, according to a new United Kingdom study.

YouTube scored badly for its impact on sleep but was ranked well in nine other categories, including awareness and understanding of other people's health experience, self-expression, loneliness, depression and emotional support.

More news: Three hurt after falling from Ferris wheel in Washington state

The Royal Society for Public Health and the charity Young Health Movement conducted a survey in the first few months of 2017 of nearly 1,500 young people (aged between 14 and 24) in Britain surrounding their social media usage.

Faced with thousands of pictures posted on social platforms, "nine in 10 girls say they are unhappy with their body" and women are thinking about making various changes to their appearance, including surgery.

Instagram was rated the most negatively, followed by Snapchat, Facebook, Twitter and then YouTube.

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.

In a survey of nearly 1,500 Britons aged 14 to 24, the RSPH found that young people were most likely to associate Instagram with negative attributes and low self-esteem, resulting in poor body image and lack of sleep.

"But it's also important to recognise that simply "protecting" young people from particular content types can never be the whole solution".

Another said they were spending so much time on the sites they were losing out on sleep, their homework and time with friends and family.

Michelle Napchan, the app's head of policy, said: "Keeping Instagram a safe and supportive place, where people feel comfortable expressing themselves, is our top priority - particularly when it comes to young people".

Related News:

  • Brazil crisis deepens with probe of president, top senator

    Brazil crisis deepens with probe of president, top senator

    Within 90 minutes of the opening, Brazil's main Ibovespa stock index dropped 10 percent and trading was stopped for 30 minutes. Even the PSDB party, which is allied with Temer's PMDB, vowed to abandon him if the allegations were proven to be true.
    HUDCO Opens To A Robust Listing With 21% Premium At Rs 73.55

    HUDCO Opens To A Robust Listing With 21% Premium At Rs 73.55

    ICICI Securities, SBI Capital Markets, IDBI Capital Markets, Nomura and a few others were the leading funds to the issue. At the NSE, stock opened at Rs 73 a share as against issue price of Rs 60 a share.
    Senate committees want Comey memos; intelligence panel asks him to testify

    Senate committees want Comey memos; intelligence panel asks him to testify

    The Wisconsin Republican says in a written statement that he has wanted investigations that "follow the facts wherever they lead". And Comey has long arms so Comey said he pre-emptively reached out for a handshake and grabbed the president's hand.
  • 'Sangamithra' will be my most challenging role ever: Shruti

    'Sangamithra' will be my most challenging role ever: Shruti

    The makers of Sanghamitra are now busy with the promotions of the film at Cannes International Film Festival. Shruti had shared in a statement - "I was so glad to have this opportunity to learn a new physical art form.

    #NBATwitter Reacts To Cavs vs Celtics Eastern Conference Finals Game 1

    (James made his 11th straight first team.) Thomas was hounded by the Cavs in the opening game, scoring just 17 points. It's tough to beat James when he tallies 39 points, nine rebounds and seven assists in a game.
    Korea's Moon vows to restore democratic spirit of 1980 uprising

    Korea's Moon vows to restore democratic spirit of 1980 uprising

    Kim said North Korea would stage more nuclear and missile tests in order to ideal nuclear bombs needed to deal with U.S. The United Nations Security Council met behind closed doors on Tuesday to discuss tougher sanctions on North Korea.
  • European Union Bans Nigerian Airline, Med-View from Entering UK Airspace…See Details

    European Union Bans Nigerian Airline, Med-View from Entering UK Airspace…See Details

    The EC said the four failed to address safety deficiencies picked up during an EASA third-country operator audit. Air Zimbabwe was added on Tuesday to the list together with Nigeria's Med-View, Mustique Airways of St.
    Owlboy, one of 2016's best games, is soaring over to Nintendo Switch

    Owlboy, one of 2016's best games, is soaring over to Nintendo Switch

    The new bundle will come with a Switch console, the new neon green and pink Joy-Cons, and three packets of " Splatoon " stickers. The first is Grand Prix , where you can try to win 10 matches in a row to become the crowd champion.
    Local officials, officers honor Brownsville Police Department

    Local officials, officers honor Brownsville Police Department

    Pittsfield Police Chief Michael Wynn says it honors law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty. In case of rain, the ceremony will held in the lobby of the Riverview Hall.
  • Picking The Best Sunscreen: Top Brands Ranked

    Picking The Best Sunscreen: Top Brands Ranked

    The organization's top pick is the La Roche Posay Anthelios Melt-In Sunscreen Milk SPF 60, which retails for $36. Conducted annually by Consumer Reports , the study alerts customers to products claiming the wrong SPF levels.
    Slaven Bilic says West Ham want to add quality this summer

    Slaven Bilic says West Ham want to add quality this summer

    Slaven Bilic has confirmed that West Ham have triggered the option to extend goalkeeper Adrian's contract until 2019. Meanwhile, Winston Reid has undergone surgery on his knee in a bid to be ready for the new season.

    George HW Bush weighs in on Ailes' death

    Multiple women came forward past year to report sexual harassment accusations, including prominent host at the time, Megyn Kelly. Ailes was forced to resign from Fox News in July 2016 in the wake of sexual harassment allegations leveled by former employees.


Most liked

White House Reeling After Twin Allegations Related to Russian Federation
President Putin deployed his trademark sarcasm on Wednesday to make clear he thought the accusation that Trump had divulged secrets absurd.

Ontario teen wins award named in honour or Princess Diana
Prince William and Prince Harry are doing a pretty incredible job of keeping their mother's memory alive. An exhibition chronicling Diana's evolving style during her life opened at Kensington Palace in February.

Trump says he's 'very close' to naming a new FBI director
He has no federal law enforcement experience and, while now at a high-profile law firm, is most associated as a centrist Democrat. This story was corrected at 4:45 p.m.to update the fact Frank Keating was confirmed by the Oklahoma State Senate on March 29.

Evangelos Marinakis completes Nottingham Forest takeover
The Olympiacos owner will take complete control of the Championship club, bringing an end to Fawaz Al Hasawi's five-year tenure at the City Ground.

LeBron, Cavs have reeling Celtics in must-win for Game 2
Lue was infuriated while arguing that James was the victim of a fragrant foul, but the officials never went to review the play. Now, down 1-0 and with their home court advantage gone, Boston will aim to bounce back with a strong Game 2 win.

China's Yulin festival banned from selling dog meat
China is poised to ban the sale of dog meat during this year's Yulin Festival, in a landmark victory for animal welfare campaigners .

France urges investigation into Syrian regime incineration of prisoners
A former Syrian army colonel who joined the opposition said what the State Department revealed about Saydnaya "is not surprising". The State Department said that detainees opposed to Assad's rule were being hanged at a military prison north of Damascus.

Kansas lawmakers unsure sales tax should be in budget fix
It reduces personal income tax by 15 percent starting January 1 and works to phase it out if certain conditions are met. On Thursday, Carmichael said he was anxious to see the Houses final revenue proposal, and he said he was hopeful Gov.

Poll boost for Jeremy Corbyn as Labour slashes Tory general election lead
She argued that in Edinburgh South - the only Scottish seat won by Labour in the 2015 general election - it is Labour alone who can defeat the SNP.

As controversy swirls around Trump, Russia watches helplessly
Trump left the White House Wednesday morning to head to CT where he was scheduled to give the commencement address at the U.S. Al Green called for the impeachment of President Trump on the House floor on the grounds of "obstruction of justice." Rep.

Nicola Sturgeon casts vote in Scottish council elections
He said: "Congratulations to all of @SNP councillors elected in Moray, the largest group on @The MorayCouncil #Council17". Labour has fallen to third place with 147 councillors, down by 59.

Apple Inc. (AAPL) Position Lowered by Janus Capital Management LLC
Baird reiterated an "outperform" rating and issued a $133.00 price target on shares of Apple in a report on Tuesday, January 24th. Adams Express Company increased Advanced Energy Inds (NASDAQ:AEIS) stake by 8,700 shares to 16,100 valued at $881,000 in 2016Q4.

Why Trump's combative trade stance makes US farmers nervous
The aim is to finish a new deal before year-end. "The agreement is trilateral and should continue to be a trilateral platform. Mexico is the No. 3 market for USA agriculture, notably corn, soybeans and pork.

WannaCry Ransomware: Know How To Protect Yourself From The Unexpected Attack
Earlier, Google's Neel Mehta had tweeted to indicate there is shared code between known Lazarus tools and the WannaCry ransomware. The government has to use a different approach and use the same rules they apply to the real weapons in case of cyber-world too.

Trump denies telling Comey to back off, bashes former Federal Bureau of Investigation director
The Times reported that Comey wrote the memo immediately after meeting with Trump on February 14, one day after Flynn was asked to resign.