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Internal Study Finds 32% Of Teen Girls Say "Instagram Makes Me Feel Bad About My Body"

When it comes to the spreading "FOMO" and feelings of insecurity and jealousy among younger Americans - especially teenagers - Instagram is perhaps the worst offender in the entire social-media ecosystem.

And that assessment isn't coming from a third party, but from Facebook's own internal research (Facebook bought Instagram back in 2012) which was leaked to a team of WSJ reporters, who on Tuesday published the first of what they say will be a series of deep dives on Instagram and Facebook's impact on teen mental health, the political discourse and human trafficking.

Facebook's reasoning for releasing the information to the media is pretty clear. Its motivation was perhaps best articulated by an academic at San Diego State.

When told of Facebook’s internal research, Jean Twenge, a professor of psychology at San Diego State University who has published research finding that social media is harmful for some kids, said it was a potential turning point in the discussion about how social media affects teens.

“If you believe that R.J. Reynolds should have been more truthful about the link between smoking and lung cancer, then you should probably believe that Facebook should be more upfront about links to depression among teen girls,” she said.

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