Instagram is bad for your health

ACCORDING TO YHM (YOUNG HEALTH MOVEMENT) AND RSPH (ROYAL SOCIETY OF PUBLIC HEALTH), BASED ON RATINGS BY YOUNG PEOPLE, INSTAGRAM IS BAD FOR YOUR MIND 

Truthfully I never think my Instagram is cool enough till I meet a follower that goes "oh my god! it's you, I love your page"; or the other guilty pleasure of deleting or re-posting a photo if it doesn't build up "enough" likes. What you do not know, is that gradually these feelings start to reflect and settle, the feelings of Why can't i be cool as that girl (insert handle here). 

It’s interesting to see Instagram and Snapchat ranking as the worst for mental health and well-being – both platforms are very image-focused and it appears they may be driving feelings of inadequacy and anxiety in young people.
— Shirley Cramer CBE- Chief Executive of RSPH

Royal Society of Public Health (RSPH) and the Young Health Movement (YHM) published the report, #StatusOfMind, which gave the five most popular social networks net average scores based on ratings provided by young people. The survey asked young people to score each of the social media platforms the used based on 14 health and well-being related issues, which were identified by experts as the most significant. 

According to the research, young people say four of the give most-used platforms — Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, and Instagram — make their feelings of anxiety worse. The report says one in six young people will experience an anxiety disorder at some point in their lives, with rates of anxiety and depression increasing by 70 percent over the past 25 years.

RSPH urges social media platforms to highlight when photos of people have been digitally manipulated. The organisation is also calling for the introduction of a pop-up heavy usage warning on social media. 

Because platforms like Instagram and Facebook present highly curated versions of the people we know and the world around us, it is easy for our perspective of reality to become distorted.
— LACI GREEN, HEALTH YOUTUBER WITH 1.5 MILLION SUBSCRIBERS