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The negative impact of social media on our society

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Social media has enabled people to communicate easily and share their world with the world. Social media has enabled an unrestricted flow of information.  It is undeniable that social media plays an important role in impacting our culture, our economy, and our overall view of the world.

Social media is a new forum that brings people to exchange ideas, connect with, relate to, and mobilize for a cause, seek advice, and offer guidance. Social media has removed communication barriers and created decentralized communication channels and opened the door for all to have a voice and participate democratically including people in repressive countries.

Instagram according to a report by the Wall Street Journal is detrimental to the mental health of Teen Girls. According to a report released by Facebook Instagram has affected teenagers negatively. There have been several cases of teenagers who commit suicide due to the negative comments made by people on social media sites like Facebook and Instagram.

Instagram for example has had a huge effect on the mental health of people. Instagram is a photo-sharing platform. Celebrities and social media influencers who use the app have created a need for their fans to have the perfect-looking picture.

This has created body image issues among girls who try to imitate celebrities like Kylie Jenner, Kim Kardashian, etc.

Social media companies should do more to protect young people who use their apps. Social media companies have to be regulated by the government. Facebook has made several statements about improving the mental well-being of its users but it has not done anything to change its practices.

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