Instagram. Nine little letters that have one big meaning in teens' hearts, but why? If you ask, almost every single teen will say that they have an Instagram account and the app downloaded to their phone.
The deeper question is, does Instagram help teens or hurt teens? To answer that, one must ask more questions.
Who do teens follow?
They follow their friends, family, comedy accounts, sports accounts, and of course models. Yes, we teens love to follow models of all kinds: fitness models, lifestyle models, Victoria’s Secret models, and more!
Along with models comes unrealistic lifestyle expectations and body images. I believe that because of all of these accounts, there are seeds of doubt planted into teens' heads that they aren’t perfect or living how they should be. Then, many teens take unhealthy steps to try to reach these new Instagram-fed goals.
This not only affects people physically, but mentally. Their minds are always set on an image that they perceive as “perfect” and that is almost impossible to obtain.
What many people do not realize is that models have professional photographers that are paid to make them look good. Also, many models are photoshopped into society’s incorrect idea of “perfect” and “beautiful.”
Do you think Instagram is the most harmful social media outlet for teens? Many studies have shown that it is. Or are the "experts" just over exaggerating? No matter what side you take, one thing remains; Everyone is special in their own way. It’s up to you to find out what makes you different and own it.