Recently, the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) published the results of a survey based on the responses of American teenagers, which takes into account the impacts caused by the frequent use of Instagram on the psychological development of young people.
The results indicated that the social network can contribute to a possible inferior view of adolescents about their bodies, compared to the content that is published by other users on the network.
Facebook — Instagram owner — has released a long statement in which it reiterates several times that the numbers released by the American newspaper are “simply inaccurate” and “totally out of context”, rebutting accusations that Instagram may contribute negatively to the development of the mental health of adolescents.
The company stated that “many teens have felt that using Instagram helps them when they are struggling with the kinds of tough times and issues teens have always faced,” underscoring the strengths of the social network in the 12 to 17-year-old audience, result obtained through some research promoted by Harvard University, one of the most respected in the world.
Overall, research by the WSJ indicates that the platform could distort the image young people have of their own bodies, affecting both girls and boys, data that was also denied by Facebook, which reaffirmed that some key figures were omitted by the Journal .
The survey contributed to Facebook executives being called to provide clarifications next Thursday (30) to the US Senate Commerce Subcommittee.