Instagram Denies Accusations Of Being Harmful To Young Women

Instagram has denied being a toxic platform for adolescent girls and contributing to the creation of body image problems, in response to an investigation on the subject published by The Wall Street Journal (WSJ), and has stated that most young girls with problems consider that Instagram helps them instead of hurting them.

A report published by WSJ in mid-September warned of the existence of an internal report that Instagram became aware of in March 2020 that pointed out the negative impact that comparisons could have on adolescent users of the social network.

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Instagran's research found that " 32 percent of teenage girls said that when they felt bad about their bodies, Instagram made them feel worse, " according to WSJ, who came to describe the platform as "toxic" for teenage girls.

Now, Facebook, owner of Instagram, has responded to this investigation with a statement and has ensured that "it is not accurate" by stating that Instagram is a toxic social network for young girls. It has also unveiled new data from the March 2020 research and other recent ones on the subject.

In the first place, Facebook has qualified the WSJ data and has affirmed that only among minors who reported having body image problems, 32 percent believed that Instagram made them worse, and not one in three of all adolescent users, as initially suggested.

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Teenagers affected by 11 problems in 12 areas studied, including loneliness, anxiety, sadness and eating disorders, actually claimed that Instagram not only did not make them worse but it made them feel better.

Body image was the only one of the 12 areas analyzed in which adolescent girls reported feeling worse after using Instagram, although "most adolescents with body image problems said that Instagram made them improve (22 percent) or not it had an impact (45 percent ) ", according to the US company.

Facebook also noted that the March 2020 research data came from only one study of 40 adolescent girls, so it had "limitations, " and that its purpose was "to inform internal conversations about the most negative perceptions of Instagram from teenagers".

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Likewise, the company has made reference to another study carried out by Pew Research in which the majority of adolescents affirm that social networks have positive effects, with 81 percent saying that it helps them connect.

At the same time, this research shows that 43 percent of adolescents say they feel pressure to publish content that makes them 'look good' in front of others.

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