Michelle, who lives in Arizona during the lockdown of the Corona period, found that both her teenage daughters have started spending a little more time on Instagram. Initially, she thought of it as a way to stave off boredom, but she later learned that both her daughters were playing the hashtag Health Challenge on Instagram. It talks about pro-diet, pro-exercise, and pro-eating disorders.
Girls started residing on a diet
As soon as children visit these hashtags, videos and photos start pouring in. Children fall into this trap and start following these hashtags. Michelle’s daughters did the same. Due to these videos and photos of Instagram only, he decided his diet accordingly. After six months, both the daughters reduced their food intake.
Daughter got anorexia
Michelle’s daughter’s condition became so bad that she had to be taken to the doctor. It was time to get admitted to the hospital. Her daughter was diagnosed with anorexia. In this disease, the patient becomes very alert towards his body. To avoid obesity, often stop eating or reduce it very little. The same thing happened with Michelle’s daughters.
These hashtags do not have expert advice
Michel says that such hashtags are run on social media, especially Instagram and Facebook, about which there is no advice from doctors or experts. In such a situation, children start following these hashtags indiscriminately. In these health challenges, girls are often made to figure conscious.
Advice to parents – they should be aware
Teenage girls become victims of food disorders due to health challenges. This adversely affects their physical health as well as mental health. Michele said that parents of teenage children are advised to keep their children away from the health challenge of social media.
No system to block the Instagram algorithm
Former Facebook employee Francis Hogen told in her testimony in the US Parliament that Facebook and Instagram use their algorithms, that is, the trend of users’ site visits, to send them similar videos and photos that they have seen one or more times. There are. Instagram’s kids’ app also works on the same algorithm. It makes kids addicted to a particular site or hashtag. Facebook has not created any system to stop this algorithm, because it makes huge profits for the Facebook company.