Instagram singled out in social media warning

PARENT-CHILD CONNECTIONS: An expert said parents should discuss it with their children before connecting on social media and keep conversations off the Internet

Taipei Times
Date: Jul 07, 2019
By: Wu Liang-yi and Sherry Hsiao  /  Staff reporter, with staff writer

The potential problems that use of social media can cause among adolescents should not be ignored, a Taipei-based psychiatrist warned after a British report said that Instagram has the most negative “net impact on young people’s health and well-being.”

Released on May 19, 2017, the report was conducted by UK-based charity the Royal Society for Public Health and the Young Health Movement. From February to May that year, researchers surveyed 1,479 people aged 14 to 24 from across the UK.

Participants were asked the extent to which five social media platforms — Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter and YouTube — made “health-related factors,” such as emotional support, anxiety, depression, loneliness, sleep and self-expression, “better or worse.”

According to the report, titled #StatusOfMind, YouTube was the “most positive,” followed by Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram.    [FULL  STORY]

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