For a snapshot poll by the Royal Society for Public Health study, 14-24 year olds were asked to rate the 5 leading social media sites according to:

anxiety, depression, loneliness, bullying and body image.

Instagram came out on top as the most damaging.

The Royal Society for Public Health study says social platforms should flag up heavy social media use and identify users with mental health issues.

In light of the findings, public health experts are calling for social media platforms to introduce a series of checks and measures to help tackle mental health, including:

  • Pop-ups warning people that they have used social media for a long time (supported by 70% of young people surveyed)
  • Social media platforms identifying users with mental health problems and “discreetly signposting places they can get support”
  • Platforms highlighting when photos have been digitally manipulated – for example, fashion brands, celebrities and other advertising organisations could sign up to a voluntary code, allowing a small icon to be displayed on digitally altered photos

The report also recommends that NHS England comes up with a vetting scheme for health and well-being information so young people are better able to judge whether information is trustworthy.

Here’s the full article – http://www.bbc.com/news/health-39955295

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