Raise awareness for the lack of reality on social media and how it impacts young people
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We want to change the lack of reality that is presented on social media through the use of editing and photoshopping apps. In order to initiate change we want to make it compulsory for Instagram influencers to include a disclaimer that they have used photoshopping or editing tools.
In 2017 the Royal Society of Public Health surveyed 1,500 young people and asked them to score how each of the social media platforms they use impacts upon 14 health and wellbeing-related issues such as anxiety, loneliness and body image.
Based on the ratings young people gave to each platform for each of the health and wellbeing-related issues, the five most popular platforms were given a net average score which were used to establish the most positive, to most negative social media platform. Instagram scored as the social media platform with the most negative effect on health and wellbeing in young people, particularly for anxiety and body image.
YouTube (most positive)
Instagram (most negative)
One of the recommendations that came from this was that Social media platforms should highlight when photos of people have been digitally manipulated. More than two-thirds (68%) of those surveyed support this recommendation.
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