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Did social media cause the teen mental health crisis? - 0 views

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    "Has the introduction of social media in the past 10-15 years caused the increase in prevalence of mental health problems in teens? At this point, most of what I'm reading and hearing is a resounding yes (especially for girls). I don't necessarily disagree with this. Just to level set: I think there is a very good chance (my current number is probably around 75%) that social media has contributed to the teen mental health crisis. At the same time, I think large-scale mental health crises are complex phenomena, that there are likely multiple causes, and that we need to make sure we're approaching the data with the scrutiny it deserves. It's this nuance that, I think, has been missing from the conversation."
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Teen girls are struggling. They need our help | Nancy Jo Sales | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "But it's not hard to see how social media and a rise in misogyny are, in fact, related. Social media sites trap girls in spirals questioning their attractiveness and self-worth. They're encouraged to compare themselves to others and seek approval for the way they look, while reinforcing beauty standards that favor thinness and whiteness. They feel pressured to promote themselves as objects. There have been many studies establishing all this over about the last 10 years, including Facebook's own research into girls and Instagram - research that the company suppressed until exposed by whistleblower Frances Haugen in 2021. "Teens blame Instagram for increases in the rate of anxiety and depression," Facebook's study noted. "This reaction was unprompted and consistent across all groups.""
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'Luddite' Teens Don't Want Your Likes - The New York Times - 0 views

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    "'Luddite' Teens Don't Want Your Likes When the only thing better than a flip phone is no phone at all."
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Johnson - Whatever you tweet may be used against you | Books & arts | The Economist - 0 views

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    "But a newsroom rebellion ended her tenure before it began. A group of employees wrote a letter protesting against her appointment because of several tweets she had written ten years earlier, when she was herself a teen. In them Ms McCammond reported Googling how to avoid waking up with "swollen, Asian eyes". She complained about the lack of an explanation for a poor mark in chemistry: "thanks a lot stupid Asian T.A. [teaching assistant]". She had apologised for these comments in the past, but a killing in Georgia on March 16th, in which six of the eight victims were Asian women, made them look even worse. Two days later Ms McCammond took to Twitter again-to say that she had agreed to renounce the Teen Vogue job."
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Facebook aware of Instagram's harmful effect on teenage girls, leak reveals | Instagram... - 0 views

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    ""We make body image issues worse for one in three teen girls," said a slide from one internal presentation in 2019, seen by the Wall Street Journal. "Thirty-two per cent of teen girls said that when they felt bad about their bodies, Instagram made them feel worse," a subsequent presentation reported in March 2020."
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Facebook has made it easier than ever to profit off teen girls' insecurity - 0 views

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    "As adolescents and young adults fled Facebook for platforms like Instagram and Snapchat, Facebook knew its long-term survival depended on winning over that demographic. But the savvy business move had a different, less public price tag. Caught up in recommendations from a powerful algorithm designed to keep them engaged, some teen girls found Instagram worsened their body image, according to a new Wall Street Journal investigation. Users even pinned feelings of increased depression, anxiety, and suicidal thinking on the app."
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Social Media is a Major Cause of the Mental Illness Epidemic in Teen Girls. Here's The ... - 0 views

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    "Taken as a whole, it shows strong and clear evidence of causation, not just correlation. There are surely other contributing causes, but the Collaborative Review doc points strongly to this conclusion: Social Media is a Major Cause of the Mental Illness Epidemic in Teen Girls."
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Should Teens Have Access to Disappearing Messages? - The Atlantic - 0 views

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    "Should Teens Have Access to Disappearing Messages? A recent lawsuit argues that Snapchat causes harm to young people through its basic design."
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Teens' night-time use of social media 'risks harming mental health' | Society | The Gua... - 0 views

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    "Teenagers who engage with social media during the night could be damaging their sleep and increasing their risk of depression and anxiety, research shows."
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Inside Facebook's struggle to keep young people - The Verge - 3 views

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    "The "aging up issue is real," the researcher wrote in an internal memo. They predicted that, if "increasingly fewer teens are choosing Facebook as they grow older," the company would face a more "severe" decline in young users than it already projected"
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Social media and teen mental health: 10 things to know : NPR - 0 views

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    "Research suggests more than half of adolescents are on screens right before bedtime, and that can keep them from getting the sleep they need. Not only is poor sleep linked to all sorts of downsides, including poor mental health symptoms, poor performance in school and trouble regulating stress, Prinstein said, but "inconsistent sleep schedules are associated with changes in structural brain development in adolescent years. In other words, youths' preoccupation with technology and social media may deleteriously affect the size of their brains.""
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How do you deal with a problem like "fake news?" - 0 views

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    "Facebook will rely on users to report fake news despite evidence that suggests users have a difficult time assessing or identifying fake news. Teens seem to be especially vulnerable to fake news. A recent study by researchers at Stanford found that middle and high school students have a difficult time detecting fake news from real news, or detecting bias in tweets and Facebook statuses."
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Teen internet slang quiz: how much do you know? (Wired UK) - 0 views

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    "The government-run website Parent Info published a guide to decrypting teenage slang for baffled parents amid concerns for children's safety online earlier this week. " This article explains how the "Digital Immigrants" are worried about this generation and technology and how it can effect teen's lives and safety.
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Teens 'not damaged by screen time', new Oxford study finds / Boing Boing - 0 views

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    "Based on data from over 17,000 teenagers, the study "casts doubt on the widely accepted notion that spending time online, gaming or watching TV, especially before bedtime, can damage young people's mental health.""
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These Violent Delights Don't Have Violent Ends: Study Finds No link Between Violent Vid... - 0 views

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    "Now a study published in Royal Society Open Science has failed to find any association between the time spent playing violent video games and aggressive behaviour, adding to a growing body of literature that suggests that such a link has been overstated - or may not exist at all."
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