A step in the right direction

It’s no secret that excessive use of social media can have quite a negative effect on our mental health. After Instagram was ‘ranked worst for mental health’ in teen survey according to the NHS in 2017, social media is finally taking action.

What’s being done?

Pinterest is trying out a new set of self-help tools for users suffering from mental health issues. The platform will monitor a user’s search and offer quick exercises to help them.

Pinterest says that there are “millions of searches” related to emotional health on the platform every year. This is what prompted this new initiative.

The social platform has stated that;

“people will be able to explore these resources when they search for terms that indicate they might be feeling down. The experience is not meant to replace professional care, but it may help someone if they need support.”

After various reports that social media usage can be linked to psychological harm, it was clear something needed to be done.

What are the statistics?

A teen survey asked 1,479 young people aged 14-24 to score popular social media apps on issues. These included; anxiety, depression, loneliness, bullying, body image and “fear of missing out.”

The social media platforms were then ranked from having the most positive effect on mental health to the most negative. These are listed in order;

1. YouTube
2. Twitter
3. Facebook
4. Snapchat
5. Instagram

The aim of the survey is to have a better understanding of how social media affects the health and wellbeing of young people.

What’s the benefit?

These quick and immediate response activities may help a person in their time of need. It also provides people with another way to ease stress & anxiety. It will also play a huge role for people who may be quite lonely and turn to social apps as a way to connect.


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