The 5 most harmful social networks for health

Most harmful social network for health you use everyday.

What is the social network you use the most? Facebook / Instagram / Twitter / Snapchat / Youtube? Well that you know that, not only to use one or the other defines you, but also can have consequences on your health. Young people spend many hours in front of their mobiles, tablets, and computers using social networks. Much time is spent on the social networks: A tweet on Twitter, one posting on Facebook a comment on Youtube a photo on Instagram …

So many hours in front of these instruments have to have some influence on their behavior. That was the premise that the Royal Society of Public Health in the United Kingdom (RSPH), in collaboration with the University of Cambridge, has developed a study to determine which are the most harmful to health. Do you want to know which are the most harmful for young people? We’ll reveal it to you.

The study on social networks

The study is called #StatusofMind and was made from 1,500 surveys of young people between 14 and 24 years. The objective was to see if the use of these platforms ends up generating problems like anxiety or depression and if they end up also affecting other issues such as the personal and corporeal image of young people.

Preliminary data encouraged the study: 91% of British youths in these ages use social networks regularly. In addition, anxiety ratios have risen 70% in the last 25 years.

Other data: seven out of 10 girls say they are not happy with their body and also 70% of young people claim to have suffered at some point in cyber bullying … So good time for this study.

Thus, the study asked young people about 14 areas, such as the feelings caused by the use of certain networks (anxiety, depression, the desire to sleep, personal image, if they have suffered harassment) to the use they give and how it affects To your day to day.

Based on these responses, the ranking of the 5 most harmful social networks for health was elaborated. The result is explained in reverse order.

  1. Youtube



Youtube is the social network/service less harmful to young people. Or looking from the other point of view: the most positive influence of the analyzed.

According to the study, it achieves good scores in regards to issues such as awareness, emotional support, not feeling alone, personal identity or feeling of belonging to the community.

It does, however, in terms of hours of sleep and in the stereotypes of how the body of young people should be. In any case, it is the only network that approves.

  1. Twitter



After YouTube, the fourth network less harmful to health is Twitter. The network of 140 characters presents some positive values, such as awareness, emotional support, personal identity, and expression, as well as the feeling of belonging to a community.

Instead, it already has more negative points. Among them, they emphasize that it deprives hours of sleep, harassment  – many insults – the need to be constantly connected to this network and that generates some anxiety.

If Youtube was the only one that approved, Twitter suspends by the hair.

  1. Facebook



In the middle of the table is the most used social network in the world, Facebook. It’s multiple options of activity within the network make it get very different scores.

Thus, in the positive, we find in particular the variable of emotional support, followed by the feeling of belonging to a group, that helps to express better, the consciousness and that helps to improve the relations of the real world.

On the other side, instead, it deprives sleep hours again, there is cyber bullying, generates addiction, causes an idealized image of the human body and generates anxiety and depression, among other issues. Also suspended, but close to approved.

  1. Snapchat



The social network that young people use so that their parents do not spy on them, Snapchat, is the second most harmful network.

On the positive side, we have the emotional support, which helps to express and generate an identity, which is related to real friendships and creates group feeling.

Instead, it has more negative aspects: it generates addiction, there is cyber bullying, it creates a stereotype of the body, it generates anxiety and depression … In short: it suspends.

  1. Instagram



Yes, Instagram, one of the most fashionable social networks, is the most harmful for young people.

Instagram attracts young women to ‘ compare themselves against unrealistic, largely filtered and modified versions of reality ‘, says Matt Keracher, author of the report.

Thus, it stands out in the negative for generating anxiety and depression, for the body image it generates, for harassment, for addiction and for the hours of sleep that remains.

On the positive side, it helps to express yourself, generates personal identity, creates community and gives emotional support, according to the report.



The ranking, of course, does not mean that one network is bad or another is good, but its use (or misuse) can lead to negative consequences.

For example, the study criticizes that young people use the nets at least two hours a day, especially before going to sleep.

‘The use of social networks on phones, computers, laptops, and tablets at night before bed is associated with poor quality sleep. The use of LED lights can block natural processes in the brain, which triggers the feeling of drowsiness as well as the release of sleep hormone, melatonin. This means that the person takes longer to fall asleep and they end up having fewer hours of sleep each night, ‘he says.



Another recommendation they make is to ask social networks to warn you when an image is not real.  “We are not asking these platforms to ban the edits or filters, but let people know that the images have been altered so that users do not take the images as real,” Keracher said.

In conclusion, the study says: “It is important that we have controls and balances to make social media not so wild when it comes to mental health and the well – being of youth.”

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