Pix11: Instagram’s Impact on the Mental Health of Teenage Girls

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Following the release of internal data indicating that Instagram use can have a negative impact on adolescent users, Dr. Ruth Gerson, MD, The Foundling’s Senior Vice President for Mental Health Services, appeared on Pix 11 News to share her expert insight on the issue. In the news clip, she discusses how social media apps like Instagram promote unrealistic body image standards, undermine confidence, and can even trigger suicide – particularly in teenage girls. “Instagram and other image-based social media apps… trigger a mental state that’s been called ‘compare and despair,'” she says.

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