Growing Number of Young Americans Are Leaving Social Media Sites
More younger Americans are leaving some social media sites, a survey from the investment bank Piper Sandler found.
According to Faithwire, the survey showed that just 22 percent of respondents between the ages of seven and 22 named Instagram as their favorite app. In 2020, that number was 31 percent.
The survey says many Zoomers, those born in the late 1990s and early 2000s, are deleting their TikTok, Facebook and Instagram accounts.
“When you delete it, you realize you don’t need it,” 20-year-old Gabriella Steinerman told the New York Post.
Steinerman said she deleted her TikTok and Instagram accounts in 2019.
“When I was posting, I wanted the best photo that I took, and the best angle, and I had 20 different photos of the same thing,” she said. “I was comparing myself to myself; it’s not a fun game. I would say it’s an obsessive behavior, and it is toxic, but it’s also sneaky, in that, when you do it, it seems so normal.”
In a previous survey of 84,011 people aged 10 to 80, respondents reported that “the cross-sectional relationship between self-reported estimates of social media use and life satisfaction ratings is most negative in younger adolescents.”
In late summer 2021, leaked internal data from Meta, the parent company of Instagram and Facebook, showed that the company knows how harmful the photo-sharing app can be.
Researchers for Meta found that 32 percent of teenage girls who already “felt bad about their bodies” said their problems worsened by using Instagram.
“Teens told us that they don’t like the amount of time they spend on the app but feel like they have to be present,” the researchers said. “They often feel ‘addicted,’ and know that what they’re seeing is bad for their mental health but feel unable to stop themselves.”
Finally, a December 2021 survey from Tallo showed that 56 percent of Zoomers believe “social media has led them to feel left out by their peers.”
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Amanda Casanova is a writer living in Dallas, Texas. She has covered news for ChristianHeadlines.com since 2014. She has also contributed to The Houston Chronicle, U.S. News and World Report and IBelieve.com. She blogs at The Migraine Runner.