Big Tech is having a massive impact on society.
Not all of that impact is healthy.
And one bombshell report proves Facebook is knowingly doing something awful they don’t want you to see.
Facebook and other Big Tech giants constantly gobble up smaller companies.
One of Facebook’s biggest acquisitions was the photo sharing site Instagram, which has a user base that trends young – 40% of users on the platform are 22-years-old or younger.
And an internal study acquired by the Wall Street Journal shows that Instagram is leading to depression in young people, particularly teenage girls who are inundated with pictures of flawless fitness models.
The Wall Street Journal reports:
“Thirty-two percent of teen girls said that when they felt bad about their bodies, Instagram made them feel worse,” the researchers said in a March 2020 slide presentation posted to Facebook’s internal message board, reviewed by The Wall Street Journal. “Comparisons on Instagram can change how young women view and describe themselves.”
“We make body image issues worse for one in three teen girls,” said one slide from 2019, summarizing research about teen girls who experience the issues.
“Teens blame Instagram for increases in the rate of anxiety and depression,” said another slide. “This reaction was unprompted and consistent across all groups.”
The report also showed that images on Instagram led to suicidal ideation among teens.
The Journal added:
Among teens who reported suicidal thoughts, 13% of British users and 6% of American users traced the desire to kill themselves to Instagram, one presentation showed.
However, Facebook and Instagram were singing a different tune publicly.
The companies said that they had little impact on the mental wellbeing of its users.
The Journal continued:
In public, Facebook has consistently played down the app’s negative effects on teens, and hasn’t made its research public or available to academics or lawmakers who have asked for it.
“The research that we’ve seen is that using social apps to connect with other people can have positive mental-health benefits,” CEO Mark Zuckerberg said at a congressional hearing in March 2021 when asked about children and mental health.
In May, Instagram head Adam Mosseri told reporters that research he had seen suggests the app’s effects on teen well-being is likely “quite small.”
Executives in Silicon Valley know how addictive and deleterious social media can be.
That’s why so many of them limit their own children’s screen time, or flat-out bar them from using smartphones and tablets.
Social media’s effects on developing brains is still being studied, and companies are actively attempting to make their sites more addictive.
Parents need to be more aware of the potential damage being done by Big Tech titans in Silicon Valley.
These apps have hooked an entire generation, and the consequences could be dire.
Stay tuned to Unmuzzled News for any updates to this ongoing story.