US Surgeon General says social media may be hazardous to teen health

photo of Vivek Murthy at Conference Of Mayors Held In Washington, DC
U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy in January 2023. | Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images

US Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy has issued a new public advisory warning that “there are ample indicators that social media can also have a profound risk of harm to the mental health and well-being of children and adolescents.”

Although the report says social media can provide benefits to younger users and cautions that more research is needed to fully understand its impact, it says America needs to “urgently take action to create safe and healthy digital environments that minimize harm and safeguard children’s and adolescents’ mental health and well-being during critical stages of development.”

The report notes that advisories from the Surgeon General like the one issued today represent an attempt to call attention to “an urgent…

Continue reading…