Effects of Instagram on Mental Health

Instagram is a company owned by Facebook. It became a household name when it crossed the billion download status on Google Play Store during the summer of 2016 and the numbers kept increasing ever since . Instagram was the nineteenth app to join the one billion club.

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No prizes for guessing that a company which has over a billion active monthly users will do everything to remain at the top of its game and Instagram is doing the same. The only problem is that it's taking a toll on the mental stability of its users.

Instagram is so busy playing the big boys league that it has completely forgotten about the well being of its users. 91% of 16-24 year olds use the internet for social networking. Rates of anxiety and depression in young people have risen about 70% in the past 25 years. Is it a coincidence or has the introduction of social media caused this drastic change which is making people's life more miserable. In an article published in times.com, Instagram was mentioned as the worst social media app for mental health.

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Social media is more addictive than cigarettes and alcohol. One isn't unaware about cyberbullying and it's not only affecting the young generation. Everyone is an easy target of cyberbullying. We can never forget the recent boy's locker room incident. People are constantly worried about what other people think about their posts and profile. There is a constant pressure to leave an impact on other people. If it is a platform to express what a person feels with millions of other users, then it is also complimented by increased anxiety. Users are constantly nervous about other user's opinion about them.

A significant step towards improving one's mental health is by limiting the use of social media in their day-to-day life. Self-acceptance can be a great way to deal with all the stress. It shouldn't just be the user's duty to take care of themselves. The application should also look after the well being of its users. Social media platforms should figure out a way to identify users who might be suffering from mental health problems by their posts and other data, and then should support them. Our dear social media platforms owe it to their valuable users.

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