Instagram is the most harmful app for mental health

trending 26/05/2017

After reading this, you might want to reconsider how much time you spend on Instagram.

Study on social media platforms found that out of all the platorms, Instagram had the most negative impact on users' mental health in terms of wellbeing.

Part of the reason Instagram scored the worst in wellbeing is because of the app’s reported effect on body image. 

“Instagram easily makes girls and women feel as if their bodies aren’t good enough as people add filters and edit their pictures in order for them to look ‘perfect,’”one participant said in the study. 

The study went on to explain that the practice of editing photos contributes to "a generation of young people with poor body image and body confidence."

Instagram was followed closely by Snapchat, Facebook and then Twitter. YouTube was found to make users feel slightly better.

Users who spend more than two hours a day on social media are linked with mental health issues, psychological distress and suicidal thoughts in teens.