` Ev­ery young per­son is look­ing for units of recog­ni­tion, ev­ery young per­son is try­ing to fig­ure out who they are and get pos­i­tive at­ten­tion, and clearly so­cial me­dia isn’t ideal...

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“I do think they need to do more, but this is a start, which is good be­cause when it comes to so­cial me­dia, you ex­pect com­pa­nies to be in­ter­ested in the prof­its of their share­hold­ers, not the health and well­be­ing of young peo­ple, so any move in that di­rec­tion is to be wel­comed.”

Psy­chol­o­gist and direc­tor of Mac­quarie Health Col­lec­tive in Dubbo, Tanya Forster, echoed Mr Carr-gregg’s sen­ti­ment, but said the prob­lem lies much deeper than sim­ply likes.

“We have to re­mem­ber that peo­ple can still view how many likes they re­ceive on im­ages through their own pro­files, so ir­re­spec­tive of whether they can see how many likes other peo­ple re­ceive, there is still a good chance they will de­rive some of their own sense of self-worth from the likes they re­ceive in­di­vid­u­ally,” she said.

“In ad­di­tion to this, the so­cial me­dia world con­tin­ues to al­low peo­ple to cre­ate a false sense of their pic­ture per­fect lives, and for as long as that is the world our youth are comparing them­selves to, it is dif­fi­cult to teach them body love, ac­cep­tance, or to love them­selves just the way they are.”

Mean­while, oth­ers are call­ing In­sta­gram’s bluff on their men­tal health rea­son­ing, in­stead be­liev­ing it’s a ploy for fi­nan­cial gain by pres­sur­ing users to pay for their con­tent to be seen.

Lo­cal dig­i­tal mar­ket­ing con­sul­tant, Kim V. Gold­smith, who runs mul­ti­ple In­sta­gram business ac­counts for clients, thinks the men­tal health an­gle is a phony and that Face­book and In­sta­gram are sim­ply “scal­ing up their pay­ment model”.

“I ac­tu­ally think the move is quite su­per­fi­cial be­cause as soon as you click on ‘oth­ers’ you can see how many have liked it any­way,” Ms Gold­smith said.

“Cer­tainly, Face­book has been un­der a lot of pres­sure in terms of men­tal health and the role of so­cial me­dia in the sense of well-be­ing, and I guess they’re tack­ling it on a num­ber of fronts, but I don’t see any­thing sub­stan­tial in it at this point in time.

“You have to be fairly cyn­i­cal when it comes to so­cial me­dia and forc­ing a spend now be­cause they are all pretty much do­ing that... Twit­ter is prob­a­bly the only plat­form that I’m us­ing on a reg­u­lar

Psy­chol­o­gist Michael Car­rgregg is one of Aus­tralia’s lead­ing ex­perts on the men­tal well­be­ing of chil­dren and ado­les­cents. PHOTO: SUP­PLIED

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