SALT LAKE CITY — A new survey found that Instagram makes people more miserable than other social media platforms.
The new report, done by the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH), found about 63 percent of Instagram users reported feeling miserable, which was higher than any other social media network. Those same users spent nearly 60 minutes per day on the social media.
The 37 percent who said they were happy on the app used Instagram about half as long as those who reported being unhappy when using the app.
Interestingly, apps that use real conversations, like FaceTime and traditional phone calls, had higher rates of happiness, as in 91 percent and 84 percent, respectively, according to The Economist.
The report also found that social media was more addictive than cigarettes and alcohol. In fact, rates for anxiety and depression rose 70 percent among young people over the last 25 years.
Social media can also cause depression and poor sleep, the report said.
The report called for social media platforms to use the report to teach better practices. The report also asked the platforms to identify those who have suffered mental health problems based on their posts.