New York City declares social media an 'environmental toxin'
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Mayor Eric Adams of New York City has officially declared social media as an 'environmental toxin' and 'public health hazard', placing it in the same category as tobacco and guns. The declaration comes as rates of teen depression reach their highest levels in a decade. City officials are calling on parents to impose 'tech-free times' for children and urging teens to consider turning off notifications and tracking emotions while online.
'Social media companies are fueling a mental health crisis, especially for our young people. But we won't let Big Tech endanger our kids.'
Social media has long been linked to detrimental effects on the mental health of children and teens through exposure to unrealistic beauty and body standards, as well as self-harm content. Earlier this year, Montana became the first US state to ban TikTok due to these concerns. Meta, the parent company of Facebook, is currently facing lawsuits from 33 states for its alleged contribution to the youth mental health crisis.
Just as the past US Surgeon General did with tobacco and guns, we're treating social media like other public health hazards and ensuring that tech companies take responsibility.
Read at Mail Online
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