Instagram, which is owned by Facebook, has studied user experiences for the past few years and recently discovered 32% of teen girls said that when they felt bad about their bodies, Instagram made it worse. The Wall Street Journal has reported "Comparisons on Instagram can change how young women view and describe themselves." Repeatedly, the company's own researchers found Instagram is harmful for a large number of users, especially teen girls. So, why aren't social media companies more aggressive blocking and banning users who shame and bully others on their paltforms? What are the affects of social media use on our mental health and how can parents better protect their children?
Miss America 2013 Mallory Hagan personally experienced body-shaming herself and has partnered with the Miss America Organization to help refine wellness and address these mental health concerns. Mallory joined The Scott Sands Show for a video chat recently to talk about this, the documentary BETTER (click here), and SANESolution (click here). Watch our conversation below.