Social media presents ‘profound risk of harm’ for kids, surgeon general says, calling attention to lack of research

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Article written by Meg Tirrell, via on 23 May 2023

Tuesday’s advisory notes that although there are some benefits, social media use presents “a profound risk of harm” for kids.
Previous advisories have focused on youth mental health more broadly, health misinformation and use of the opioid overdose antidote naloxone.
It also cites 20 studies that found a significant relationship between social media use and body image concerns and eating disorders.
The advisory includes recommendations for families grappling with social media use, including creating family media plans, encouraging kids to develop in-person friendships and modeling good social media behavior.
Murthy said social media companies should be held to similar standards for protecting children as other industries are.

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