Research + News | Topic: Instagram

Instagram Just Took Its Divisive ‘Hidden Likes’ Experiment Global

Instagram announced it’s expanding its test of hidden likes to users around the world. Read the article here.

Teens Are Calling Themselves “Ugly” On TikTok. It’s Not As Depressing As You Think

Instagram is a beauty pageant. TikTok is where kids are free to be mediocre. Read the article here.

Instagram Is Banning Filters That Promote Cosmetic Surgery As It Battles Mental Health Concerns

Instagram decided to remove the cosmetic surgery filter over concerns that they contribute to unrealistic beauty standards, linked to negative body image among users. Read the article here.

When The Prescription For Teens Is More Social Media, Not Less

Treatments for children with anxiety and depression increasingly push them to navigate Instagram, Snapchat to build relationships with peers. Read the article here.

Why The New Instagram It Girl Spends All Her Time Alone

Loneliness is Instagram’s hottest trend. Read the article here.

From David Dobrik To The Rock, These Are Teens’ Favorite People To Follow On YouTube, Instagram, And Twitter

Teens’ icons and role models aren’t just actors and athletes anymore — now, they’re looking up to their favorite people to follow on Instagram and YouTube. Read the article here.

Instagram Won’t Let Teens See Weight-Loss Products And Cosmetic Surgery Posts

Instagram has announced that it will restrict users under the age of 18 from seeing posts that promote select weight-loss products and cosmetic surgery procedures, while the company will also ban some types of ads that promote unrealistic “get thin quick” products entirely, reports the BBC. Read the article here.

These Are The Social Media Platforms Teens Are Ditching In 2019

Teenagers and young adults are moving away from Facebook in favor of platforms like YouTube and Snapchat, a new survey conducted by Business Insider found. Read the article here.

Neuroscience Explains Why Instagram Is So Bad For Teen Girls

Thanks to ongoing brain development and increased sensitivity to dopamine (a neurotransmitter associated with motivation, pleasure and reward), teenagers are more likely to crave reward-based experiences. And, because their prefrontal cortex (the area associated with understanding, evaluation and decision-making) is still developing, social interactions greatly shape impulse control and critical thinking.

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Selena Gomez, The 3rd Most Followed Person On Instagram, Just Said Social Media Has Been Terrible For Young People

Selena Gomez is voicing her concern about the “terrible” effect that social media has had on her generation, and says she advocates taking breaks from the platforms. Read the article here.