We have known this from the start: social media is having a pretty negative to people. There’s a new study that it greatly affects teenagers more and the most influential social media platform? Instagram and Snapchat.
The new research is dubbed as “Status of Mind”. It was conducted by researchers for the Royal Society for Public Health in UK. During this research, the researchers surveyed 1,479 British teenagers around the age of 14-25 and asking them how social media affected their mind. Other variables came in to play such as body image, sleep deprivation, bullying, and self-identity.
The results basically boiled down to Instagram and Snapchat as they had terrible scores for body image, bullying and anxiety. But Twitter and Facebook weren’t so far behind. The only social media platform that gave more positive feelings is YouTube.
The main reason why Instagram and Snapchat had the most impact because it’s mainly an image-based app. Every user of this platform had the freedom to compare other users. Both apps ranked high on “fear of missing out.”
“Seeing friends constantly on holiday or enjoying nights out can make young people feel like they are missing out while others enjoy life. These feelings can promote a ‘compare and despair’ attitude in young people. Individuals may view heavily photo-shopped, edited or staged photographs and videos and compare them to their seemingly mundane lives.”