Facebook confirmed that the Instagram platform is a “toxic” social network that harms young Prime Time Zone, especially teenagers, according to special internal documents published by the Wall Street Journal.
The article stated that at an internal meeting of Mark Zuckerberg’s company in 2019, “there was an admission that the Instagram platform seeks to destroy self-confidence, by dragging the person into comparisons between his body and Instagram celebrities, as one in three teenagers suffers from this. the problem”.
Another study conducted by the company on adolescents in the United States and the United Kingdom, concluded that teens attribute their “increased levels of anxiety and depression” to Instagram. As mentioned by the site the newspaper According to the translation of the newspaper “Watan”.
In addition, another report, conducted in March 2020, states that “32 percent of girls admitted that they feel worse about their bodies, the more they see the perfect bodies, which are promoted by the Instagram platform.”
In the same context, internal documents managed by Facebook show that more than 40 percent of young women feel they are not beautiful when they browse the Instagram platform.
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The report notes that despite these feelings, teens do not necessarily stop using the Internet, or may want to, but they cannot overcome this, due to their excessive addiction to social networking sites.
It is worth noting that the legal age allowed to browse the Instagram platform is 13 years old, but a few months ago the possibility of creating a platform for children was raised.
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In a related context, Zuckerberg’s company has already responded to the publication of this information through the Wall Street Journal. And she explained in a statement that the “Instagram” platform plans to motivate its users to watch content, which promotes the archetype of the slim and athletic female body.
Therefore, “we are working more and more to put an end to this type of comparison (comparing one body to another) and the negative image of the body, which the platform promotes.”
In addition, Facebook confirmed, it is thinking about how to address why “Prime Time Zone focus on these kinds of images that they think are perfect.”
Karina Newton, Instagram’s director of public relations, questioned the article in the Wall Street Journal, saying: “The article focuses on the results of limited studies and puts them in a bad position.”
“The network assumes a commitment to understanding these complex issues,” she said.
Newton pointed out that social networks are neither good nor bad in and of themselves, and that their impact varies from day to day and does not necessarily include real social problems.
She is confident that the idea of Instagram was born to promote an incentive system to see content that “inspires and gives” young users new ways “to change that part of Instagram culture that is about looks.”
On the other hand, there are many associations, experts and agencies in the world, which have warned for years of the dangers that young Prime Time Zone are exposed to because of social networking sites, such as Instagram, Tik Tok, YouTube, and so on.
In a letter sent last May to Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, prosecutors from 44 US states responded, “Research shows a relationship between social networking use and increased stress and suicidal behavior among young Prime Time Zone.”
They cited studies showing the harms of constant peer comparison, such as eating disorders (anorexia, bulimia), and asked Zuckerberg to drop the idea of creating an Instagram version for children under 13.
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