Sumary of Internal Study Finds 32% Of Teen Girls Say “Instagram Makes Me Feel Bad About My Body”:
- Facebook’s reasoning for releasing the information to the media is pretty clear.
- Its motivation was perhaps best articulated by an academic at San Diego State.
- When told of Facebook’s internal research, Jean Twenge, a professor of psychology at San Diego State University who has published research finding that social media is harmful for some kids, said it was a potential turning point in the discussion about how social media affects teens.
- Reynolds should have been more truthful about the link between smoking and lung cancer, then you should probably believe that Facebook should be more upfront about links to depression among teen girls,” she said.
- The subtext here is pretty clear: Unlike the tobacco companies, Facebook is trying to get out in front of the growing mental-health backlash to Instagram and other social media platforms.
- Jen Selter, Instagram’s “queen of the butt selfie”For the past three years, Facebook has been conducting internal research into how Instagram impacts the mental health of the teens and younger users who make up an important segment of the app’s user base.
- But for the roughly one-third of users who do report these issues, Instagram clearly exacerbated them.
- “Thirty-two percent of teen girls said that when they felt bad about their bodies, Instagram made them feel worse,” the researchers said in a March 2020 slide presentation posted to Facebook’s internal message board, reviewed by The Wall Street Journal.