When researching, I found some good articles from the databases but don't be afraid to search outside of them as most of the scholarly sources I found were on Google. Be sure to investigate the source before you use it. Look into the publisher to see if they are known to be credible (scholarly and trustworthy). Scholarly journals do not always provide the general information that is needed; in that case, look into news sites that are well-established and trustworthy. I found https://www.investopedia.com to be a great source to use for general information because they also cite their references for the information they use.
The reflection on Instagram's impact on teenagers went well and I was very successful in my findings. There were some difficulties in deciding the best topics to choose from as there are many negative effects Instagram has, but ultimately, I decided to put these effects into categories relating to either the physical, psychological, or circadian rhythm. The most interesting aspect of my information collecting was the study conducted to determine that Instagram was the most negative social media platform for teenagers. I always knew social media was bad for teenagers, but through this investigation, I was able to take a deeper look and create a deeper understanding as to why this platform is so bad for teens. After learning about all the harmful ways Instagram can impact a teenager I will be personally looking into my own daily life and taking the extra time to be more cautious about the duration and content I am intaking when on Instagram.
“thirty-nine percent of students who have cell phones sleep with them in case they get calls or messages during the night” (Adorjan & Ricciardelli, 2021).
"nearly half would be upset or unhappy if they had to unplug for anything other than school work for a week" (Adorjan & Ricciardelli, 2021).
"Respondents were asked about their views of teens’ online actions in general, their putative addictive behaviours with smart phones, and if they agreed with popular assessments that youth are “hooked” excessively to their technologies. Most references of addiction, though, were from female groups (55) with only five references made by male groups" (Adorjan & Ricciardelli, 2021).
Inkster, B., Morrel, M., Pantic, I., Powell, J., & Fergie, G. (2017). #StatusOfMind: Social Media and Young People’s Mental Health and Wellbeing. Royal Society of Public Health and Youth Health Movement, .1-32. https://www.rsph.org.uk/static/uploaded/d125b27c-0b62-41c5-a2c0155a8887cd01.pdf
"Social media has been described as more addictive than cigarettes and alcohol" (Inkster et al., 2017).