Social media is supposedly here to help us build positive connections, but why is it making people miserable? Instagram has been named the worst social media for our mental health. More and more reports show that the photo-sharing app can adversely affect our mental health, and has been associated with high levels of anxiety and depression. The FOMO-inducing platform has become a medium, not only for our daily stories and milestones, but also for cyber-bullying. Trolls and haters attack an unassuming user’s post with unnecessary toxicity that everyone has become pressured to appear perfect online. Sometimes, even real-life bullies turn to the platform to continue their attacks virtually. It’s become so bad that even a celebrity like Selena Gomez has had to delete the app from her phone to protect her mental health.
It’s good to know, however, that after hearing about the effects of their app, Instagram has started to ramp up their efforts to fight for mental health this year. Just recently, the app has rolled out two new features to help fight cyber-bullying.