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Photo: CarlosBarquero (Shutterstock) Instagram makes teen girls feel worse about their bodies, according to internal Facebook documents published in the Wall Street Journal . (Facebook owns Instagram.) The app is full of pictures of impossibly thin and beautiful people, so that tracks; and we’ve been fretting for years over the dangers of young people having access to digital devices. But is Insta really rotting kids’ brains? The truth is probably more complex, and the data is definitely incomplete. I say this not to defend Facebook (it’s evil), but to help those of us who are trying to figure out what to do, if anything, about our kids’ social media use. First, those Facebook stats The statistics in the leaked Facebook presentations are pretty damning: A third of teen girls feel worse about their bodies after viewing Instagram, and 6% of suicidal teens in the U.S. say their feelings started on the app. But as Anya Kamenetz points out at NPR , these numbers aren’t necessarily representative of all teens. The question about whether Insta makes teen girls feel worse about their bodies was only asked of teen girls who had previously said they have body image issues. (In that case, it’s perhaps surprising that two-thirds didn’t feel that Insta made them feel worse.) And the suicide figure comes from a tiny sample of teens; just 16 people on this earth said they can trace suicidal thoughts to the time they spend on Instagram, and only some of those count […]