Instagram is one of the most popular social networks that exist, and an important part of its audience corresponds to teenagers from different countries.
The problem is that the use of this platform could cause severe damage to the mental health of young people, as recognized by Facebook, the owner company, in an environment report.
An investigation of The Wall Street JournaHe has had access to a series of documents from Mark Zuckerberg’s company, recognizing the negative impact that Instagram has on younger users, especially teenagers.
According to the report, the social network would make young women feel more insecure, particularly regarding their body image. “32 percent of girls say that when they feel bad about their body, Instagram makes them feel worse,” says part of the report.
“We make body image problems worse for one in three teenagers,” emphasizes a slide that was presented internally on Facebook.
The note draws on a study conducted by Facebook of teenage Instagram users in the United States and the United Kingdom, which found that more than 40 percent of those who reported feeling unattractive said those feelings started when they used Instagram. .
One of the conclusions of this internal research indicates that Instagram is designed for a greater “social comparison”, in relation to other rival applications such as TikTok and Snapchat, which focus more on action or funny filters.
These results should be taken seriously and responsibly by the company, especially when Mark Zuckerberg’s intention to launch a Facebook for children soon became known.