Warning from UK made study about effects of social networks


The answers to a questionnaire were related to 14 possible issues related to their mental or physical health. A low sleep quality, bullying, body image and FOMO were reported in different degrees. Increases in depression and anxiety were also reported in some cases. “Seeing friends constantly on holiday or enjoying nights out can make young people feel like they are missing out while others enjoy life,” the #StatusOfMind report states but this is not the only conclusion. Instagram received the worst scores, at least for body image and anxiety. The study made recommendations and most of them suggest to the social media networks to stimulate exposure of the truth and sincerity. As an exemple, one measure could be to highlight when photos of people have been digitally manipulated. Some warning popups informing people over the potentially risks when using networks are also considered, especially targeting people known with mental problems. How worst is the worst nobody can say. Social media networks have a huge number of members and possibly the study has not a big relevancy statistically thinking. But being informed is always better, don’t you believe ?


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