The document analyzed by the newspaper The Wall Street Journal, states that “32% of teens said that when they felt bad about their bodies, Instagram made them feel worse.” The report also stated, according to Business Insider, that “Instagram comparisons can change the way young women see themselves and describe themselves.”
According to the report, these findings aren’t alone: they’ve been consistent over the past few years of internal research. The report does not say how long the study will last, but it does mention that in 2019, in an internal Facebook presentation, the company actually said it made “body image problems worse for one in three teenage girls.”
Another view highlighted that a small percentage of British and American teenage Instagram users said they started having suicidal thoughts due to their use of the social network.
Today, more than 40% of Instagram users are under 22, according to documents analyzed by The Wall Street Journal.
When The Wall Street Journal called for comment, Facebook representatives responded via a blog post.
“Although the story focuses on a limited set of findings and casts them in a negative light, we support this research,” the post said.
“This demonstrates our commitment to understanding the complex and challenging issues that young people can struggle with and guides all the work we do to help those facing these issues,” the statement added.
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