The research thesis is focused on Instagram's impact on the lives of teens, which has led teens to experience body image issues, eating disorders, mental health issues like depression, social addiction, and cyberbullying.
The research questions intend to answer are: What are the dangers of Instagram? What can be done to prevent or even limit the harm of Instagram?
Since Instagram's release on the app store in 2010, there has been an apparent rise in issues among teens, affecting the well-being of teen users. This research paper was proposed to investigate the harmful effects teens face while using the social media networking site Instagram. A wide variety of sources, like the Pew Research Center, Academic Search Complete, Google Scholar, and PubMed journals, have been compiled that focus on the harm of Instagram. The results revealed that Instagram is harming teens in many ways by being a popular platform that is easily accessible. It is available as a weapon to cyberbully and spread lies, rumors, and hateful comments. It also leads teens to feel dissatisfied with their own selves, feel a disconnect from relationships, and feel feelings of depression and anxiety. Researchers should focus on the implications of how teens are impacted by the use of filtered and manipulated photos.
Instagram is an online social network service that allows users to post photographs and videos in a way that allows users to be expressive and creative while also allowing them to connect with many others via the Internet. As of 2022, Instagram had a total of over 2 billion monthly users (Britannica). Seeing how Instagram is now easily accessible, it has been made clear that Instagram is impacting the lives of teens, which has led teens to experience body image issues, mental health issues like depression, social addiction, a lack of long-lasting relationships, and a rise in cyberbullying.
Bullying in the United States has been on the rise, even more now with today's society and Instagram. At the touch of a button, cyberbullying has emerged, in which bullying is easily accessible among teens. A survey conducted by the Pew Research Center in 2022 found that 46% of U.S. teens aged 13–17 reported experiencing cyberbullying, with older teen girls facing more cyberbullying online than boys. Cyberbullying isn’t limited to teens in the USA but occurs worldwide. In a study conducted by the anti-bullying organization "Ditch the Label," which surveyed 10,000 adults from ages 12 to 20 in the United Kingdom, the organization found that 54 percent said they had been bullied, while 17 percent said they had experienced cyberbullying. Of those who had been cyberbullied, 42 percent had faced it on Instagram. (Jones). The survey showed that Instagram is a platform well known for being used for cyberbullying and that it is common and on the rise. With the platform being easily accessible to bullies, it is easy to become a victim of bullying as well as to become a bully.
The video "5 Negative Effects of Social Media on Mental Health" by Practical Inspiration is about the harm social media has to offer with platforms like Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, etc. and how people can fall into the hands of scammers, experience cyberbullying, and get depressed.
Practical Inspiration. “5 NEGATIVE EFFECTS of SOCIAL MEDIA on MENTAL HEALTH.” YouTube, 21 Aug. 2019, www.youtube.com/watch?v=ApNtQS2y_u0.