The most recent study by Royal Society for Public Health found in a survey of social media that Instagram was recorded as having the most negative impact on the mental well being of young people in the UK. YouTube was rated as the most positive! Find out more by downloading the report which ranks the impact of social media according to the responses of a UK-based social survey.
For other useful summaries of recent research on the link between social media and mental health see:
- this 2016 House of Commons Library briefing which summarises earlier reports and concerns
- The Children’s Society website has materials on cyberbullying concerns
- The Pew Internet and Society surveys covering the USA have a 2015 report on stress related to social media.
- the American Psychological Association have also focused on psychological research on the impact of information technology and social media