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Category: Social Media News

US study points to the many negative effects of social media usage

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.

No likes, filters or influencers: Meet BeReal

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”.

Instagram Verification Scheme Exposed: Real Money, Fake Musicians

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.

Instagram, TikTok Cause Mental Health Problems in Teens?

Meta, TikTok and Snap were each hit with a new lawsuit in August 2022, accusing them of fueling mental health disorders in teenage users.

Artist Uses AI Surveillance Cameras to ‘Capture’ Influencers Posing for Instagram

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.

‘Spiderman’ Star Tom Holland Takes Social Media Break for His Mental Health

“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.”

Timothée Chalamet Says Social Media May Lead to ‘Societal Collapse’ 

Academy Award-nominated actor Timothée Chalamet describes social media as a place where he feels ‘intensely judged’, according to report published on People.com.