Facebook ignored internal reports that Alerted from Instagram is harmful to young people

If you see models, influencers and famous various that look palmito on Instagram makes you feel bad, do not worry: You are not the only person who suffers the e

Facebook ignored internal reports that Alerted from Instagram is harmful to young people

If you see models, influencers and famous various that look palmito on Instagram makes you feel bad, do not worry: You are not the only person who suffers the effects of social networks in their own meats.

According to publishes The Wall Street Journal, a broad study carried out by the social network itself, which is owned by the Technological Giant Facebook, has reached a clear conclusion: Instagram is bad for young people. In fact, it is especially harmful to adolescent women, who suffer from higher indices of depression and, in extreme cases, even suicide arise.

The reason is also clear: Instagram produces a distortion over what a female body should be and, when the body itself does not comply with these standards, there is a significant damage in women.

The study points out this on numerous occasions. On the one hand, he considers that "32% of adolescent girls feel bad about their body and Instagram makes them feel worse." It also points out that "comparisons on Instagram can change how a young woman looks and describes herself." And in case this was not enough, "adolescents blame Instagram of the increase in their rates of anxiety and depression, a reaction that has been consistent and spontaneously in all groups."

Such revelation should have produced an important reaction on Facebook, the company owned by Instagram, but Mark Zuckerberg, his CEO, ignored him completely.

In March 2021, when one participated in a US Congress hearing on mental health and youth, he said that "the investigations we have carried out show that using social applications that connect with other people can have positive health effects" .

The report also points out that, even with all the data in hand, Facebook decided not to face these problems. Given the depth to which the reports arrive, which are of own elaboration, by employees of their data departments; And the duration and broad spectrum of the surveys carried out to obtain such information, it is difficult to assume that in the company they did not know what they were facing.

Another important point of the report is that it particularly points to Instagram and not to other rival social networks, such as Snapchat or Tiktok. The first one was more supported by filters and absurd interactions while the second does it in the show. Instagram, however, has the focus on lifestyles and bodies.

For years, Facebook has been the goal of a multitude of criticism by the transmission of Bulos and Fake News, even to point out to the social network as one of the great guilty of the Victory of Donald Trump in the US presidential elections in 2016.

Instagram has lived very separately, intentionally, everything that had to do with Facebook, but this official and internal report makes clear that the social network has its own and serious problems that have not only been solved in time but have decided Ignore systematically until they have been pointed out in public.

Given the impact on young people who have Instagram, Facebook faces a crucial problem for its survival. The population below 25 years barely uses Facebook, its main social network, and go to Instagram to interact and consume content, which generates huge advertising income to the company. The possibility of losing that group of consumers, something to which it helps the proliferation of competitors such as Tiktok, could be a hard blow on Facebook accounts.

Updated Date: 21 September 2021, 22:47

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