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04-05-2024 | Anxiety

Focusing the Attention on What Truly Matters. Preventive Approaches for Problematic Instagram use in Youth

Authors: Silvana Melissa Romero Saletti, Stephan Van den Broucke

Published in: Current Addiction Reports

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Abstract

Purpose of review

This paper addresses the extensive use of Instagram by youth and explores the potential negative consequences of such use, with a view to provide recommendations for prevention purposes.

Recent findings

Based on an attention economy model, Instagram strategically incorporates design elements rooted in behavioral psychology to maximize user engagement, fostering habit loops and self-presentation. The paper outlines and discusses Instagram’s unique features for aesthetic manipulation of content, provides an overview of reported negative consequences of Instagram use, and identifies factors influencing vulnerability to problematic use, such as social comparison orientation and fear of missing out. Based on these analyses, recommendations for prevention are formulated.

Summary

To develop prevention strategies for problematic Instagram use and implement tailored interventions for individuals at high risk, it is crucial to emphasize identity development, critical thinking, and emotion regulation. Promoting ethical social network design and responsible Instagram use are critical. Users should be made aware of these risks and processes, automatic usage patterns need to be addressed, and self-regulation and life skills enhanced. More applied research on these topics is required and encouraged.
Footnotes
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Part of the arguments of this paper derive from the first author’s PhD thesis. The full document can be accessed here: http://​hdl.​handle.​net/​2078.​1/​269794
 
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Metadata
Title
Focusing the Attention on What Truly Matters. Preventive Approaches for Problematic Instagram use in Youth
Authors
Silvana Melissa Romero Saletti
Stephan Van den Broucke
Publication date
04-05-2024
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Keyword
Anxiety
Published in
Current Addiction Reports
Electronic ISSN: 2196-2952
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s40429-024-00576-w