Instagram is even worse than we thought for kids. What do we do about it?

By Jennifer Breheny Wallace September 17, 2021 at 9:32 a.m. EDT

“The pressure to look perfect, the tendency to share only the most positive and polished parts of a person’s life, and its addictive nature can send teens spiraling toward eating disorders, an unhealthy sense of their own bodies, and depression, according to the article, which cites an internal Instagram report from March 2020. Boys are also affected, with 14 percent reporting that Instagram made them feel worse about themselves. Most alarming perhaps was an internal presentation showing that, among teens who reported suicidal thoughts, 13 percent of British users and 6 percent of American users traced the desire to kill themselves to Instagram.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/2021/09/17/instagram-teens-parent-advice/

Paul J. Molinaro, M.D., J.D.