Obsession with ‘likes’ bad for you, says Meghan

Excitement: At the start of their tour, the royal couple announced that they are expecting a baby in the spring.

Is she right? During an event with mental health workers in New Zealand, the Duchess said that “filtered” social media is making young people feel bad about themselves.

What’s happening

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, known to most people as Prince Harry and Meghan, have completed their first official tour. While they were meeting mental health workers in New Zealand, Meghan spoke about the dangers of social media.

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“Your sense of self-worth becomes really skewed when it’s all based on likes,” said Meghan. She thinks that it is harmful when young people compare their lives to filtered pictures on sites like Instagram.

Research shows that spending too much time on social media can make young people anxious and unhappy. The government is creating new guidelines to help parents limit the amount of time children spend online.

Many social media companies say that users should be over the age of 13, but sites are bad at enforcing this rule. This means younger children can be affected too.

Is Meghan right about social media?

Some say…

It is very dangerous. Unrealistic pictures on social media make young people feel like they are not good enough and that they should be happy all the time. This is bad for mental health, as lots of studies have shown. Meghan is right to be worried.

Others think…

Social media has benefits too. It can help young people learn about important issues in the world and get involved in good causes. Social media also lets us keep in touch with friends who live far away, which makes us happier.

You Decide

  1. Was social media a good or bad invention for the world?

Activities

  1. Get into pairs. Think of three good qualities your partner has. For example, are they funny, kind or creative? Write a short description of your partner using these qualities. Now, repeat the task, but about yourself. Think of three of your best qualities and write them down.

Some People Say...

“We just need to be kinder to ourselves.”

Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex

What do you think?

Word Watch

Mental health
Just as your body can get ill, your brain can get ill too. It is important to talk about sad feelings to look after your mental health.
Social media
Websites and apps that let users connect with each other and share pictures.
Skewed
See something in a distorted or inaccurate way.
Filtered
Edited or changed to make something look better than it really is.
Guidelines
Advice or recommendations.
Enforcing
To make people obey a rule.

Subjects

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