You don’t need to read Meta’s internal research to know that Instagram can be toxic for teens. Teen girls are particularly susceptible to content triggering depression or body-image issues. After September’s Wall Street Journal article revealed Meta knew of Instagram’s negative impact on teens, Meta claimed its internal research was taken out of context. However, the social media giant published a blog post containing the new features that Instagram plans to roll out next spring and that is intended to make the app safer for teens. As usual, some adults are making decisions about what’s best for minors. What do teen girls wish grown-ups knew about Instagram? Here’s what some U.S. teens really think of Instagram.
#1. Tweens and young teens are particularly vulnerable to body-image issues
Instagram has a requirement for users to be at least 13-years old. Many teens, though, admitted they created their accounts as tweens. During those challenging middle-school years, Instagram made them feel like they weren’t measuring up.
#2. The pressure to accumulate likes and followers
Teens point out that there is much stress involved in counting their likes and followers and comparing their numbers to those of their peers. Some have hidden them like counts, hoping to opt out of the competition. However, the peer pressure to keep those stats public still persisted.
#3. The Explore page can be quite hectic
The content displayed on the app’s Explore page is created by accounts that users don’t follow, so what appears there is often useless or even worse. Teens consider it risky going on there.
#4. Instagram can waste time, and setting limits is important
Teens scroll through Instagram when they need a break from responsibilities. Teens’ difficulties can’t be blamed on social media, but social media should be limited in favor of more physical, interactive activities that can make a child happier. Teens may go on Instagram only for a minute — and then emerge hours later. Some teens even erased all their content or the entire app temporarily because it drained their time and emotions. Instagram launched a Take a Break Tool encouraging users to take a break once they’ve been scrolling for a while. Still, it only counts consecutive minutes spent on the app, and it misses teens who pop in and out of Instagram.
#5. Instagram is a corporation that puts profit before its users
Teens realize that it’s important to keep in mind social media are big businesses. It is possible to use Instagram in healthy ways to stay connected with friends and have a good time. However, people should be aware that Instagram and other media are trying to make money off their users, and if that means exploring the mind of young children, that won’t stop them.
A dad has gone viral on TikTok by showing the differences between parenting during every decade since the ’50s. The dad’s name is Kevin Laferriere, and he is one half of The Dumb Dads duo. Recently, he has shared a video highlighting the different ways dads did parenting in each decade. It cleverly shows how the dad’s role has shifted.
Kevin Laferriere Shows On TikTok How the Role of the Dad Has Shifted Over the Decades
The video starts in the ’50s with a black and white filter. The dad asks to help his kids with their homework while holding a drink, explains how he makes over four thousand a year, and has a hard time recognizing the kid from all the others he has. Next is dad parenting in the ’80s. Here, the filter changes to remind the viewers of VHS and an old camcorder. The dad is watching sports on the TV while holding a drink in a comfortable holder. The picture on the TV isn’t clear, and he yells to his son to go on the roof and move the antenna.
The video then jumps to the ’90s and shows the more relaxed way parenting was done back then. The dad rushes into the house and tells the kids there are leftovers in the fridge for food as he leaves for someplace. He adds that he’ll see them tomorrow and runs right back out the door, reminding his kids to do their homework.
Parenting Today Looks a Lot Different On Laferriere’s TikTok Video
The final clip on the viral TikTok video is about parenting today. It shows a dad sitting in the house and talking to his kids about consequences and punishment. The dad explains how he would give his kids a consequence instead of a punishment and remarks that he doesn’t know the difference between the two. He clarifies that it is supposed to teach them something, but he doesn’t know what. In the end, the dad asks the kids to pick up their toys.
The video resonated well with the fans who follow the two funny dads. It now has well over 130,000 views on Tik Tok and hundreds of comments of other parents talking about how parenting is now very different than it was for their parents.