Instagram is touted as one of the major apps responsible for Depression and suicide among the young generations as it shows unattainable lifestyles by those who post.
Study Says Instagram Is Ranked The Worst Social App For Causing Young People To Feel Depressed
According to a study conducted by the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) and the Young Health Movement (YHM), Instagram is ranked the worst out of all the major social media platforms in terms of detriments to the mental health of young adults. Instagram is a rapidly growing photo social network owned by Facebook that is used by over 700 million people.
Around 91% of 16-24-year-olds use the Internet for social media in comparison to 51% of 55-64-year-olds and 23% of 65-year-olds and above. So determining the effects of social media usage on teenagers is important since early adulthood is a potentially vulnerable time for emotional development.
The researchers that published the study -- which is titled #StatusOfMind -- determined the results based on answers to questions about social media platforms by 1,500 young people (ages 14-24) across the UK. The study determined that social media has been described as more addictive than cigarettes and alcohol. That is why social media use is often linked to increased rates of anxiety, depression and poor sleep.