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Student Research Guide WQ23/ Snapchat v. Instagram: Negative Impacts on Teens

By Kyleigh Lynn

What is this Guide for?


Does Snapchat or Instagram have the most negative influence on all teenagers that are between the ages of 13-19?

Keep this: This is a student created research guide for English 102 & Library 201 Learning community

  • This guide will address issues around snapchat and instagram 
  • The purpose of this guide is to explore the negative impacts of snapchat and instagram 
  • This guide will discuss the negative impacts snapchat and instagram have on people 
  • This guide presents information and resources on snapchat and instagram 

Summary of the Topic:

The focused research thesis is Between the Social Media Apps, Snapchat has the most negative influence on all teenagers that are between the ages of 13-19. 

The research questions that I intend to answer are How Snapchat has negative infleunce on peoples Sleep, School, and Mental Health 




Over the years social media has been a thing, there has been an increase on the effect it has on thousands of people. Everyone is too consumed with social media, that it distracts them from the things they are trying to do. This research paper explained that Snapchat has the most negative influence on all teenagers that are between the ages of 13-19. The way this topic was researched was a wide search of articles found in the SVC databases, and Google Scholar. Thirteen articles were found and annotated. The results of the research question and conclusion of the paper ended up being that Snapchat has the most negative influence on all teenagers that are between the ages of 13-19. Implications that society should do as a result of my findings is to be careful of their use of Snapchat because it has more negatives than positives. 

Background Information

Background Information:

  • Social Media is a computer-based technology that facilitates the sharing of ideas, thoughts, and information through virtual networks and communities.
  • Social media is a internet app that gives people a quick way to communicate with each other through personal information, documents, videos, and photos.
  • Snapchat had 363 million daily active users worldwide and Instagram has 1.28 billion daily active users worldwide.
  • Snapchat is messaging app that lets users exchange pictures and videos that are called snaps, and they disappear after they are viewed.
  • Snapchat is one of the most used social media platforms in the world 
  • Instagram is a social media platform that lets people share photo and videos through a mobile app.
  • A week after Instagram was launched, it was downloaded 100,000 times. Once December came around, the number of people using Instagram reached one million users. 

Image and Video

Image and Video:

This image shows the social media apps surrounding the women's head to show that social media is that people think of the most. The women looks like she is being serious and thinking about social media all the time and can't focus on anything else

This video addresses how a lot of kids are facing challenges with depression and anxiety, it is connected to social media. Teens use their instagram photos and use filters to act like someone they really are not.

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