The forthcoming paper in the American Economic Review correlated to the introduction of Facebook in each campus. It found a 9% increase in depression and 12% increase in anxiety disorders over the pre-FB period mean, which researchers said was due to Facebook increasing the ability of students to do unfavourable social comparisons. More worryingly, it noted a 23% increase in students reporting academic impairment as a result of mental health decline.
With no likes and no follower count, the French social media app has gained recognition for not relying on influencer culture, nor intending to make anyone famous or “viral”.
More than 70 lawsuits have been filed this year against Meta, Snap, ByteDance’s TikTok, and Google centering on claims from adolescents and young adults who say they’ve suffered anxiety, depression, eating disorders, and sleeplessness as a result of their addiction to social media.
Social media is for ‘building relationships,’ not just consuming content, the Facebook founder says.
A jeweler. A plastic surgeon. An OnlyFans Model. They and others received a blue check in likely the biggest Instagram verification scheme revealed to date. After ProPublica started asking questions, Meta removed badges from over 300 accounts.
New York Times reporter Max Fisher took a deep dive into the impact of social media in his book, “The Chaos Machine: The Inside Story of How Social Media Rewired Our Minds and Our World.” He shares with us how platform leaders have prioritized profit and growth over safeguards and how the polarizing effect of social media is only speeding up.
Meta, TikTok and Snap were each hit with a new lawsuit in August 2022, accusing them of fueling mental health disorders in teenage users.
Dries Depoorter’s “The Follower” project combines AI, open access cameras, and influencers to show behind the scenes of viral shots—without them knowing, according to a report from Vice.com.
“I have taken a break from social media for my mental health, because I find Instagram and Twitter to be overstimulating, to be overwhelming,” Tom Holland said in a video he posted to Instagram. “I get caught up and I spiral when I read things about me online. And ultimately, it’s very detrimental to my mental state.”
Academy Award-nominated actor Timothée Chalamet describes social media as a place where he feels ‘intensely judged’, according to report published on People.com.