On Tuesday, US Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy issued a warning about the negative impacts of social media use has on women and children. He argued that it is more important than ever for internet companies, legislators, and parents to act right away to protect children.
While talking to the Associated Press he said, “For every family, it may not be feasible to stop your child from using social media or there may be benefits.” “But drawing boundaries around the use of social media in your child’s life so there are times and spaces that are protected, that are tech-free, that can be really helpful.”
The Guardian quotes Murthy as saying that it is horrifying that not enough research has been done to comprehend the negative effects social media has on children.
“The bottom line is we do not have enough evidence to conclude that social media is, in fact, sufficiently safe for our kids. And that’s really important for parents to know.”
The recommendation is a component of Dr. Murthy’s ongoing research into the teenage mental health epidemic in America. More than 95% of American youths between the ages of 13 and 17 are active on social media platforms, and a third indicated they use these applications daily, according to the survey. The survey also made note of the apparent increase in children and adults using social media, which is contributing to their anxiety and despair.
This study was released in response to Facebook leaker Frances Haugen’s revelation in 2021 that, per Facebook research, 13.5% of adolescent girls believe Instagram worsens suicidal ideation and 17% believe Instagram worsens eating disorders.
And what’s really unfortunate is that, according to Facebook’s own study, as these young women start to consume these eating disorder materials, their levels of depression increase. According to Haugen, it actually encourages people to use the app more. They become trapped in a feedback cycle where they grow to detest their bodies.