Facebook documents show how toxic Instagram is for teens: WSJ


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Facebook has repeatedly discovered that its Instagram app is dangerous to a lot of youngsters, in line with a Wall Street Journal report published Tuesday.

The Journal cited Facebook research over the previous three years that examined how Instagram impacts its younger consumer base, with teenage ladies being most notably harmed. One inner Facebook presentation stated that amongst teenagers who reported suicidal ideas, 13% of British customers and 6% of American customers traced the problem to Instagram.

“Thirty-two percent of teen girls said that when they felt bad about their bodies, Instagram made them feel worse,” the researchers reportedly wrote. Facebook additionally reportedly discovered that 14% of boys within the U.S. stated Instagram made them really feel worse about themselves.

While Facebook concluded that a big share of youngsters aren’t negatively harmed by Instagram, in line with the Journal, the options that the social media firm recognized as probably the most dangerous are a part of its key make-up.

According to the report, researchers warned Instagram’s Explore web page, which serves customers curated posts from a variety of accounts, can push customers into content material that may be dangerous. The app additionally has a tradition of posting solely one of the best footage and moments, and it operates as an addictive product.

“Aspects of Instagram exacerbate each other to create a perfect storm,” the analysis stated, in line with the Journal.

Top executives have reviewed the analysis, in line with the Journal, and it was cited in a presentation given final 12 months to CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Still, Facebook has reportedly struggled to handle the issue whereas nonetheless protecting the app addicting. Facebook is additionally constructing a model of Instagram for children beneath age 13.

Young customers are a key to Instagram’s success. More than 40% of Instagram’s customers are 22 years previous and youthful, in line with supplies seen by the Journal.

In a blog post, Instagram’s head of public coverage Karina Newton responded to the reporting and stated the corporate is researching methods to tug customers away from dwelling on sure varieties of Instagram posts.

“We’re exploring ways to prompt them to look at different topics if they’re repeatedly looking at this type of content,” Newton stated. “We’re cautiously optimistic that these nudges will help point people towards content that inspires and uplifts them, and to a larger extent, will shift the part of Instagram’s culture that focuses on how people look.”

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