General Article Does social media influence body image?

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In the last decade, more than 70% of  young population are suffering from depression, anxiety and body dysmorphia than in the past 25 years.

By Archana Chathangoth, Journalism Student Teesside University, Tori McCullagh & Alessia Leone

According to a recent report by the Royal Society for Public Health, social media can make you feel sad or confused which later causes depression, generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD), panic disorder or Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) which affects one’s social and scholar life. 

Social media has become an integral part in everyone’s life. Instagram, which is a social platform based on photos and video sharing; has become popular worldwide, with over a billion active users.

However, despite its popularity, Instagram, which includes social interactions and creative content, has been ranked as the worst social media which causes distress to young users, whereas YouTube is the most positive social media.

There are growing pieces of evidence that link t...

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