An internal investigation by Facebook found that its photo platform, Instagram, pIt can have an impact on the mental health of its youngest users, especially teenage girlsBecause it makes them feel bad about their bodies and changes their view of themselves, according to A Report From the Wall Street Journal (WSJ).
According to Facebook research submitted internally in March 2021, and accessed by The Wall Street Journal, 32% of teen girls said that when they felt bad about their bodies, Instagram made them feel bad.
“Over the past three years, Facebook has conducted studies on how the photo-sharing app affects millions of young users.. And on frequent occasions, the company’s researchers discovered that Instagram is harmful to a large percentage of them, especially teenagers,” the American media reported in its investigation.
“We make body image problems worse for one in three teensA slide from 2019 said while another said 13% of British users and 6% of Americans had experienced suicidal thoughts, and even expressed them on Instagram.
More than 40% of Instagram users are 22 or younger, and about 22 million teens in the US log on to Instagram every day, compared to 5 million teens log into Facebook.
Despite the results of his own research, Facebook has publicly denied that its social networks have effects on the mental health of its users These results are kept private.
“The research we’ve seen is that using social apps to connect with other people can have positive mental health benefits,” said Facebook’s president and CEO. Mark Zuckerberg, at a congressional hearing in March 2021 when asked about children and mental health.
But the Wall Street Journal reports that The documents also show that Facebook has taken undue efforts to address these issues. And reduce them in public places.
Facebook’s research archives show online surveys and press studies in 2019 and 2020. It also includes large-scale surveys of tens of thousands of people in 2021 that match users’ responses to Facebook’s own data about how long they have spent. Users on Instagram and what they saw there.
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