It finally happened in May 2023 (and I will say it was a bit late to the game, but better late than never)! A statement and urgent advisory was released by the United States Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy on Social Media and Youth Mental Health. It was quickly followed up with statements from:
The American Medical Association
The American Psychological Association
The American Academy of Family Physicians
The American Academy of Pediatrics
WOW! That is the popular crowd joining in on the dance. Everyone agreed that decisive action needs to be taken quickly.
Here is an overview of the statement:
The U.S. Surgeon General has issued an urgent advisory addressing the potential dangers of social media on the mental health of young people.
Despite the potential benefits, the advisory highlights the risks social media poses to children and adolescents, with nearly 95% of 13-17-year-olds reporting usage.
Acknowledging the ongoing youth mental health crisis, the Surgeon General calls for immediate action from policymakers, tech companies, researchers, and families to better understand and mitigate the effects of social media. The advisory is a key part of President Biden’s strategy to transform mental health care in America.
Almost 95% of young people aged 13-17 report using social media, with over a third saying they use it “almost constantly.”
There’s growing evidence that social media use is associated with harm to young people’s mental health, with harmful content, sleep disruption, and reduced physical activity being highlighted as key issues.
The Surgeon General’s Advisory recommends multiple actions from various stakeholders, such as policymakers and technology companies, to help ensure social media becomes safer for children.
Source: US Department of Health and Human Services
Today on the show, Dr. Bray discusses this statement and what parents and other relatives can do to protect their loved ones.
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