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