Should Social Media Have a Warning Label?

And not just for the dangers it poses to children and teens, but to adults, as well

Y.L. Wolfe
Liberty

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Warning: May cause depression, anxiety, and suicidal ideation.

If you saw this warning label on a product, would you use it? Would you let your children or teenagers use it? Probably not, right?

This warning label is something U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy would like to see appear on all social media platforms, specifically as a protective measure for the children and teenagers who are using these platforms. In fact, he is so passionate about this that he has made a plea to Congress to pass legislation that will ensure all social media platforms will feature this warning.

Why? The increased use of social media has caused suicide and suicide-related outcomes among teenagers to increase by 47% from 2008 to 2017.

There are many factors involved in this, including an increased exposure to violent or sexual images, the overwhelming stress of cyberbullying, the reliance on social media for socializing (versus healthier face-to-face interactions), and the fact that social media scrolling is so addictive, it is “stealing” time away from other important activities, including sleep.

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Y.L. Wolfe
Liberty

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