Research states, ‘Instagram is worst for young mental health’

The Instagram model concept originated in the late 2000s, when the boyfriends of fashion bloggers such as Rumi Neely and Chiara Ferragni began photographing their girlfriends in various outfits – these models gain their success as a result of large number of followers on Instagram.

Fitness model Jen Selter had become an Internet celebrity by 2014 with nearly 2 million Instagram followers, gaining professional sports management work  and modelling for Vanity Fair magazine.

Yashika Aannand, an Indian teenage actress rose to prominence in the Tamil film industry after gaining popularity among the public as an Instagram model with over 145,000 followers on her account by 2017.

Research indicates that 89 per cent of influencers use Instagram to promote themselves compared to 20 per cent using Twitter and 16 per cent using Facebook.

With Instagram, our brain is presented with too much surface-level information at once:
Our brains process visual content at an incredibly high speed – 60,000 times faster than text; visualization works from a human perspective because we respond to and process visual data better than any other type of data – research has found that 65 percent of the general population are visual learners, meaning they need to see information in order to retain it, this is one reason which makes Instagram effective because when the audiences are presented with visual content, the content presented is something that their brains can process faster, with less effort.

A survey conducted in May 2017 on 1,479 people aged 14–24, by the United Kingdom’s Royal Society for Public Health, concluded that Instagram was the “worst for young mental health”, when those individuals were asked to rate social media platforms depending on anxiety, depression, loneliness, bullying and body image.

Non-suicidal self-harm in the UK has tripled in the past ten years, and an average of four school-age children die by suicide each week – the volume of social media use among young people is being directly linked to this.

Correlations have been made between Instagram content and poor body dissatisfaction, as a result of body comparisons – in a recent survey, half of the applicants admitted to photo editing behavior which has been linked with concerns over body image.

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