Instagram & Mental Health

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.

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