QCQ 4/5

QCQ for _”What our Research Really Says About Teen Well-Being and Instagram ____________________________________________

Quotation (with page number or parag number or time stamp if video/audio)

“11 of 12 well-being issues, teenage girls who said they struggled with those difficult issues also said that Instagram made them better rather than worse” paragraph 2

Comment (250-500 words)

Quite honestly, I just don’t believe that what Meta is saying here is entirely true. Of course Meta would publish study results that support their platform, so it’s not as though we can really trust them. Meta also hasn’t been the most trustworthy company in the past, selling personal data and what not. I haven’t conducted any studies, so I can’t say what side of this debate is right or wrong. Anecdotally, though, I definitely agree that social media and Instagram can be toxic places that make teens feel worse about various social issues. Personally, social media hasn’t really affected my self view too much, and I don’t think that’s a prominent issue for me. My girlfriend, though, has definitely been negatively affected by instagram. I have heard. On numerous occasions, comparisons between her and some random girl on instagram. This isn’t healthy, especially when these girls are likely posing perfectly and editing their photos to make themselves look better. Again, this isn’t a study, but I fail to see how instagram could make the typical girl feel better about her body, social standing, etc. More than this, I despise both Instagram and TikTok for what I believe to be a more serious issue: attention spans. These platforms are ruining our attention spans, ruining our dopamine reward systems, and making real, boring life a lot harder.


What are some other studies that have been done on this issue that WEREN’T funded by Meta?