Facebook was aware that Instagram has a detrimental effect on the mental well-being of teens. The Wall Street Journal writes about it. The publication cited Facebook research conducted over the past three years, which examined how Instagram affects the state of mind of young users.
An internal Facebook presentation said that among teens who reported suicidal thoughts, Instagram was blamed for the problem. 13% British and 6% Americans… Also, 32% of teenage girls said that when they were in a bad mood, watching Instagram made them feel even worse. 14% of boys also complained about the deterioration in morale after watching the Instagram feed.
While Facebook has concluded that Instagram is not doing any measurable damage to the psyche of teens, according to the Wall Street Journal, the features the company has identified as the most harmful are key elements of the social networking business model. According to research, Instagram encourages users to view harmful content and is addictive. Moreover, all the key functions of a social network are combined in such a way as to cause addiction in the user.
According to Facebook, the company is working to minimize the harm done to Instagram. The company is even working on a version of the app for children under 13. It’s worth noting that Instagram’s success is based on young users. More than 40% of the audience of the social network are people under the age of 22.
Instagram’s head of public policy said the company is working to distract social media users from the content they are obsessed with. The new algorithms should encourage users to view inspirational and inspiring content, which in turn should increase their moral well-being.