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Athens News Matters: The Darker Side of Instagram


Please note that this story references self-harm, suicide, and other topics that may not be suitable for all listeners.

Social media platforms like Instagram can provide teens with a window into their peers' lives,and help them keep up with trends and connect with friends.

There's a much darker side to Instagram, though; one that encourages self-harm and bullying. New research from the University of Georgia suggests hashtags related to self-injury may be increasing on Instagram.

Lead researcher of the study and associate professor at UGA's Department of counciling and human development services, Amanda Giordano, talks with WUGA's Alexia Ridley  about the alarming rise of self-destructive behavior among teens that is fueled by Instagram. 

If you would like more information on treating behavioral addictions, check out Amanda Giordano's book, A Clinical Guide to Treating Behavioral Addictions, and Amanda's blog post on Psychology Today, Understanding Addiction

If you find yourself or a loved one struggling with a crisis Text HOME to 741741 to instantly connect with a crisis counselor - available 24/7

Envía un mensaje de texto con la palabra AYUDA a la 741741. 

Alexia Ridley joined WUGA as Television and Radio News Anchor and Reporter in 2013. When WUGA TV concluded operations, she became the primary Reporter for WUGA Radio. Alexia came to Athens from Macon where she served as the News Director and show host for WGXA TV. She's a career journalist and Savannah native hailing from the University of Michigan. However, Alexia considers herself an honorary UGA DAWG!
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