A research report conducted by Royal Society for Public Health in the UK claims that Facebook, Inc.'s (NASDAQ: FB) Instagram is the most detrimental social networking app for young people's mental health, followed closely by Snap Inc. (NASDAQ: SNAP).
The report focuses on how social media platform affects your mood, and Instagram the worst social media site and YouTube the best for young people’s health, CNN reported. Twitter was considered the second-least harmful.
Matt Keracher, author of the report, explained that Instagram makes young women to "compare themselves against unrealistic, largely curated, filtered and Photoshopped versions of reality.”
"Instagram easily makes girls and women feel as if their bodies aren't good enough as people add filters and edit their pictures in order for them to look 'perfect,' " an anonymous female respondent claims in the report.
Sir Simon Wessely, president of the UK's Royal College of Psychiatrists, supports an education-based approach and warns according to CNN that demonizing social media is not the answer, and that a balance needs to be found. "I am sure that social media plays a role in unhappiness, but it has as many benefits as it does negatives," he said. "We need to teach children how to cope with all aspects of social media — good and bad — to prepare them for an increasingly digitized world. There is real danger in blaming the medium for the message."