Instagram & mental health and free to be you & me

Dear Friends,

Thank you to all who have registered on our site in the last few weeks and especially to those who have submitted photos. We have received some wonderful new images – inspiring, funny, and heart melting. All make us happy. So thank you.

This week we wanted to draw your attention to the Wall St Journal’s investigation into Facebook.

The investigation discovered that Facebook knows full well that Instagram is toxic for many teenage girls: time on Instagram increases anxiety and depression, body image issues and eating disorders, and thought of suicide. This probably does not come as a surprise to many parents. Instagram seems to fuel feelings of competition, inadequacy, and discontent. Why are our teenagers so addicted to it?

We do not have the answers here at SeeingHappy, but it does strengthen our resolve to maintain a social media site that is positive, supportive, and encouraging. We would like to ask all our subscribers to help us reach more teenagers to inspire them to post photos of moments that make them authentically happy.

Our spotlight this week echoes the sentiment of authentic happiness. It is entitled “Free to be you and me” and was submitted by Mimi Darmstadter. Thank you to Mimi for a beautiful photo that reminds us to retain our childlike wonder at the world and to be ourselves.

Free to Be You and Me by Mimi Darmstadter

The Team here at SeeingHappy

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