Instagram is the Worst App for Young People’s Mental Health

Copy this article from Petapixel news.

Instagram is the most likely social media platform to cause teenagers to feel depressed, anxious, lonely, and with low body confidence. That’s according to a newly published study by the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) in the UK.

The report, titled #StatusOfMind, surveyed 1,500 young people includes some troubling statistics on social media and mental health among people aged 14-24. In the survey, the participants were asked to rank to what extent different social media platforms impacted certain health-related factors, from -2 (a lot worse) to +2 (a lot better).

Of the 5 platforms included in the survey, Instagram fared the worst. From most positive impact to most negative, the platforms are:

  1. YouTube
  2. Twitter
  3. Facebook
  4. Snapchat
  5. Instagram

It should be noted that all social media platforms except for YouTube were reported as having a net negative impact on mental health.

Instagram users reported a high negative impact on Sleep, Body Image, FoMo, Bullying, and Anxiety.

“Instagram easily makes girls and women feel as if their bodies aren’t good enough as people add filters and edit their pictures in order for them to look ‘perfect’,” says one female participant in the report.

The results were not all negative though –– the report notes that social media can improve young people’s access to other people’s experiences of health and expert health information, and those surveyed reported feeling more emotionally supported through their contacts than those who do not use social media.

The RSPH is calling for action to help mitigate the negative aspects of social media use. From their report, these recommendations include:

  • Social media platforms to highlight when photos of people have been digitally manipulated.
  • Introduction of a pop-up heavy usage warning on social media – include the support from young people for each of these recommendations.
  • Social media platforms to identify users who could be suffering from mental health problems by their posts, and discretely signpost to support.

Social media has revolutionised how we all connect with one another, but has impacted none more so than our youth. According to the report, 91% of 16-24 year olds use the internet for social networking, so studies like these are vital to understanding and discussing how these platforms impact our lives.

If you are interested in learning more, the full report is available in PDF format from the RSPH website.

Personally i noticed it in my daily commute that a lot of youngsters were browsing on Instagram. I hardly see anyone reading a book or newspaper anymore, as e-book and e-news is available at the touch on your smart phone. We have totally moved into a realm of digital technology. Truly a 21st century.

 

I haven’t been updating new pictures on my Instagram.  Over the few years i was eager to be acknowledge for my post, the more “Like” i have, it means my pictures served their recognition. Recently i realised, OMG i am actually wasting time browsing on Instagram. I would have used the spare time for a good book, a good workout, do something i like that keeps me away from over bombardment of digital information/digital pictures on my smart phone.

Is naive to totally cut off from social media. I feel it is important to stay relevant. I  occasionally browse through some of my favourite photographers on Instagram to stay inspirational and informative. Only spending about 10 mins (maximum) of my day to look through update. Now, i got more time to blog – reflect and express my thoughts, improve my sucky writing, and share my experience in photography to help others.

Purging in progress on Facebook

Photography Art

Finally over 100 on Instagram!!!!

The “LIKE” or “LOVE” on Instagram can become quite an obsession for many people. Most people would love to receive attention and been popular in what they love to do, or post. The desire to reach “celebrity” status may not be of everyone’s interest. The more people click “Like” on your singular picture post, it create this impression from other of how good you are in taking pictures. Another method is your popularity status in the community through your contribution.

There are plenty of honest tips about how to get followers in legit, or not in the most honest way. Gaining so many likes for a singular picture shows that you are regularly contributing to your group of viewers who are interested in your work. I realised there there is a common trend in this area. Before i go into what is that common trend. Here are some funny fact i thought of to share.

First you have to be a super pretty face girl with generous size of boobs to catch so much attention, if possible have snow white skin and long slim legs. Ladies, please don’t go cosmetic surgery just for popularity, it will kill you in later years. I have to admit huge boobs is a Law of Attraction.

Secondly please don’t secretly go up to the roof of skyscraper or tip of a tower crane to take pictures with your friends hanging on the edges without any safety gears. Looking at it makes my palm sweat and worry you may suddenly stop posting on Instagram later. You only live one, once you drop, most likely no one can patch you back. Plus the poor security guard may get fired because he is not doing his duty.

Third, unless you are a damn famous celebrity. I don’t need to further elaborate this point.

SO, what is this common trend i realised to get plenty of followers; hundred and thousands of likes for your single post. I would say about 97% based on individual. These 97% individual would be FOLLOWING a large group of people on their account, and in return they also have a large group of FOLLOWERS. Or the opposite way, having interested viewers who like your work and start FOLLOWING you and you started to FOLLOW them back. Which either way reciprocate each other.

Is all about numbers! For example, for a picture to receive 1 0 0 0 “LIKE”. You need to have at least 3000-5000 FOLLOWERS who are interested in your work. So what happen to the other 2 0 0 0 FOLLOWERS? Well, because if you are following 5 0 0 0 people on your account, you will get to see 5 0 0 0 posts a day, assuming these 5 0 0 0 people post a single picture each day. How the heck will i be able to see 5 0 0 0 posts in a single day? That explains the math.

For Capture_Asia Instagram account. I am FOLLOWING 3 2 8 users, currently have 3 4 7 FOLLOWERS. Why do i say currently? Because the FOLLOWERS figures will fluctuate accordingly to my observation recently. I save that reason for another post. So on average my posted architecture picture created about 50-80 Likes for the last 2 months, with the benefit hashtag.

Anyway, am celebrating my first hundred “Like” on Instagram. No chance of champagne popping. Social media require to generate lots of time and hard work to see the end result. I know, hundred “Like” is nothing as compare to other users who can easily hit over thousands in less than 30 minutes. Am contended with the current.

THE MOON IS REAL, for goodness sake. Go out more often ya!

Singaporeans doing a mad rush shooting spree to document Rocher Centre before making way for roads.

Closing to a 100, please Like if you Like. 😀

You may also be thinking why did i not start FOLLOWING a massive amount of people to yield the return. Because i am always on the look out for great pictures but under-rated. These are the quiet individual who can be equally talented like the super popular users. However I am not prepare to involve 3-6 hours a day browsing on Instagram. Life is more beautiful and fun outside than gluing the phone onto my face.

PEACE!

Tall Buildings in Singapore

Recently on my Instagram, i’ve posted a series of high buildings in Singapore with over 200m tall. Capture these using a Canon camera, 17mm TS and a 70-200mm f4 lens. I love exploration and documentation series of pictures, is a great chance for me to do what i love.

Let's check out some of the tall buildings in Singapore Marina Bay Suites. Height is 227 metres. 🏢 66 floors. Am unable to show the tip of the building roof due to instagram sizing. 😵😵😵 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #city_explore #tallbuilding #skyscraping_architecture #skyline #ig_great_pics #ig_worldclub #ig_world #unlimitedcities #world_shotz #worldbestgram #ig_great_shots #tv_buildings #rustlord_archdesign #rustlord_cityview #icu_architecture #singaporeinsiders #yoursingapore #exploresingapore #singaporeig #sginstagram #architecturelovers #ic_architecture #archdaily #captureasiaphotography #singaporearchitecturephotographer #marinabaysuites #kohnpedersenfox #skyscraper #condominium #lookingup_architecture

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Next in line of tall buildings in Singapore is AXA Tower, formerly known as Temasek Tower. One of the tallest cylindrical building in the world. Height is 235 metres. 🏢 52 floors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #city_explore #tallbuilding #skyscraping_architecture #bluesky #ig_great_pics #ig_worldclub #ig_world #unlimitedcities #world_shotz #worldbestgram #ig_great_shots #tv_buildings #rustlord_archdesign #rustlord_cityview #icu_architecture #singaporeinsiders #sgarchitecture #exploresingapore #singaporeig #sginstagram #architecturelovers #ic_architecture #splash_oftheworld #captureasiaphotography #singaporearchitecturephotographer #skyscraping_magic #skyscraper #pocket_architecture #lookingup_architecture #epic_architecture

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Really appreciate all the LOVES!!

Winning architecture photo competition in Singapore

Am extremely humble to be one of the many winners of SkyVille@Dawson photo compeition organized by WOHA. I never thought i would have win anything, my objective was to document some really fantastic pictures from various angles and lighting i had observed, post it up in my Instagram account and particpate in the competition.

WOHA is Singapore famous international architect firm behind the design of SkyVille@Dawson. WOHA has also designed many projects that can be seen by the public, naming a few are, Park Royal Hotel at Pickering street, School of the Arts Singapore, Stadium MRT station, Crowne Plaza Changi Airport.

Below are my three winning image and clips created by WOHA instagram. You can check out the pictures in my instagram as well.

Selected for “Most Powerful Story”

Selected for “Most Powerful Image”

Selected for “Best Photographer”

I did not study architecture for a living, my knowledge of architecture is very limited. But belt with more than 10 years of photography experience. My approach towards architecture photography was to capture the essence, in the most profound way from various angles. Spend time to study it, repitive journeys – till i have the feel to “interact” with the architecture.

There is a proverb saying “Less is more”. With one picture, relating the entire story in a single frame, it is very empowering especially in photojournalism, street photography, landscape etc. However, for architecture, there are many way to showcase the building. Using different ideas to compose it, i can opt for a symmetrical format if the design allows, using a long lens to shoot details, using a tilt shift lens to capture is amazing as seeing the building in a non converging manner etc. So you see, there is almost no dead end to it quality if one can see the possibilities out of it. A building is not just a piece of concrete block placed there for it’s usage purpose. But people living and working in it, generate useful ideas to create a better world.