- Dr. Murthy, US Surgeon General identifies social media as an important driver in the youth mental health crisis.
- On average, women 18-22 in Canada 56% would be considered "clinically addicted" to their phones - use disrupts sleep, learning, relationships. This is true for about a third of men of the same age group.
- Changes to the brain including decreased serotonin hypothesized.
- This matters since there are many poor mental health outcomes related to social media use:
- May be predisposed long-term to violent, rule-breaking, or disregarding others' rights.
- Social media use was associated with increased aggression in students from Grade 7 to 11, and increased impulsivity in high school students.
- Still need to figure out who has been most affected, how much and what can be done.
- Legislation is in the works to increase online provider accountability for harmful content - i.e. allowing for more "top down" (regulation/legislation) perspective as opposed to just "ground up" strategies (individual/parental responsibilities and awareness).
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