Stud­ies prove the obsession with ‘likes’ on so­cial me­dia is un­healthy

The National - News - - OPINION -

I write to you in ref­er­ence to your ar­ti­cle In­sta­gram has started hid­ing likes in the UAE (Novem­ber 18): many stud­ies have been con­ducted on the cul­ture sur­round­ing so­cial me­dia and the un­healthy obsession with “likes” and com­par­i­son to oth­ers on­line. A re­cent re­port from UK’s Royal So­ci­ety for Public Health and the Young Health Move­ment looked at the im­pact of dif­fer­ent so­cial me­dia plat­forms on men­tal health. While there were some pos­i­tives about ac­cess­ing health in­for­ma­tion, the op­por­tu­nity for self-ex­pres­sion and a feel­ing of com­mu­nity, the neg­a­tive fac­tors were heavy. Things like anx­i­ety, de­pres­sion, lone­li­ness, sleep qual­ity and neg­a­tive im­pact on body im­age were all re­ported.

Li­las Sala­hed­dine, Abu Dhabi

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