New Study Lands Instagram in Hot Water

For many people, sites like Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, etc., are parts of everyday life. Social media is also commonly used by various businesses to promote their brands and draw in new consumers.

With the world becoming increasingly digitized, more people are relying upon social media platforms to keep in touch with relatives, friends, and other loved ones. However, there are two sides to every coin.

Sites like Instagram certainly have merit; however, they are not without certain drawbacks either. In fact, a new study has shown clear ties between the use of Instagram and adverse mental health impacts on teen girls, per Fox Business.

A Deeply Concerning Study

Last week, attention was directed towards a study by the Joint Economics Committee. As Republican Sen. Mike Lee pointed out, the study clearly shows a connection between poor body image among teen girls and the use of Instagram.

As a matter of fact, more than three in ten teenage girls admitted the use of Instagram increased negative feelings about their own bodies.

Lee, therefore, issued a statement, warning about the documented connection between social media and experiences of depression and anxiety within teen girls. This comes on top of the sobering reality that for more than ten years now, the mental health of teenage girls has been on a decline.

Sen. Lee said in light of these details, additional studies into whether or not social media overall is harming teenagers’ mental health are appropriate. There’s no telling what else has yet to be found in more reviews.

How Can Parents Help?

In light of the Joint Economic Committee’s report, it’s very important for parents to have an active role in ensuring the mental health of their teenagers is up to par. One way of making this happen is perhaps reducing the amount of time teens (and notably teen girls) spend on social media.

This can pave the room for more family time, family trips, etc. Parents can also help ensure the mental health of their children by talking with them and letting them know they should never compare themselves to someone else’s photoshopped highlight reel.

As parents do their part, more studies into this matter certainly need to happen. With additional data and studies to reference, parents will have more information. They’ll also be in the best position to know what’s necessary to protect their children.

Problems like anxiety, self-harm, and depression should be decreasing, rather than increasing. This is especially true when it comes to children and teenagers who are still learning, growing, and figuring out who they are.

What do you think about the report showing Instagram use is directly linked to drops in the mental health of teen girls? Let us know in the comments field.