Instagram affects everybody

Jane Palmer and Ayla Lake

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Steven Rone, a sophomore at Highland, says, “I think people care too much about it. I don’t care about the amount of likes, views, or followers. I only use it to connect with past friends and family I don’t see very often.”

According to him, in middle school I took it the hardest because I cared about the likes, and followers. But now that he is older it doesn’t matter to him now.

An article from The Guardian states, “That millions of people use Instagram to show how they are in real life. But does it matter when the people on social media treat you so bad, making it feel like it was all for nothing?”

A 24 year old female fashion blogger, Scarlett Dixon got treated unfairly because she posted a picture of herself eating breakfast.

An article from Time  it says, “Instagram is the worst social media network for mental health and well being, according to a recent survey of  1,500 teens and young adults. It can cause levels of depression, anxiety, and loneliness.”

It also says, “previous studies have suggested that young people who spend more than two hours a day on social networking sites are more likely to report psychological distress. Social media posts cna set unrealistic expectations and create feelings of inadequacy and low self-esteem.”

Taylor Hillier, a sophomore from Highland, says, “I like it just because it’s an easy platform. I like sharing my dance performances, family events, or hanging out with friends.”

It also depends on what you are viewing and seeing, it could be positive or negative, According to Taylor Hillier. According to her, she only posts stuff that is worth posting.

An article from Mind That Ego says, “Instagram isn’t the instigator of body image issues, of course, but instead a heavily-filtered reflection of a culture that objectifies, sexualises and commodifies the human body, while promoting unattainable and unrealistic standards of what beauty is.”

Steven Rone had also said, “But now I am older it doesn’t really matter.”

Donald Andrus, a freshman at Highland who doesn’t have Instagram, says, “I don’t have positive or negative thoughts on it, I just don’t care.”

When his friends are on their phones and talking about what they saw on Instagram, he doesn’t care to listen to them because it’s overrated, according to Donald Andrus.

An article from Forbes says, “Instagram is not just a social networking app made for sharing photos and videos from a smartphone. With nearly 1 billion monthly active users since June 2018 its audience is continually and steadily growing already ahead of  Twitter or Pinterest.”

Risks are also clearly related as every coin has two sides and it is vital to understand the functionalities and the rules of the machine to ensure the proper use of it, According to Forbes.