The News The United States surgeon general, Dr. Vivek H. Murthy, issued a public advisory on Tuesday warning of the risks of social media use to young people. In a 19-page report , Dr. Murthy noted that although the effects of social media on adolescent mental health were not fully understood, and that social media can be beneficial to some users, “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.” The surgeon general called on policymakers, tech companies, researchers and parents to “urgently take action” to safeguard against the potential risks. Why It Matters: Young brains are particularly susceptible to social media. “Adolescents are not just smaller adults,” Dr. Murthy said in an interview with The New York Times about the advisory. “They’re in a different phase of development, and they’re in a critical phase of brain development.” The report noted that “frequent social … [Read more...] about Social Media Can Be a ‘Profound Risk’ to Youth, Surgeon General Warns
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Surgeon General: Social Media Use Contributes to Youth Mental Health Crisis
United States Surgeon General Vivek Murthy warned of the dangers of excessive social media use amongst teenagers in a public health advisory on Tuesday, saying it has exacerbated mental health conditions such as anxiety, depression, and body dysmorphia. “Up to 95% of youth ages 13–17 report using a social media platform, with more than a third saying they use social media ‘almost constantly’”, the report stated. In 2021, it was reported that 8th and 10th graders spent an average of three and a half hours a day on social media. Researchers found that teens who spent three hours a day on social media faced double the risk of developing symptoms of depression and anxiety. The surgeon general’s advisory says that “Critical Questions Remain Unanswered”: Nearly every teenager in America uses social media, and yet we do not have enough evidence to conclude that it is sufficiently safe for them. Our children have become unknowing participants in a decades-long experiment. It is … [Read more...] about Surgeon General: Social Media Use Contributes to Youth Mental Health Crisis
Social Media: What Teenagers Think and What Parents Don’t Know
Good morning. It’s Thursday. The surgeon general says social media carries a “profound risk” for young people. We’ll see how teenagers in New York reacted to his warning. The surgeon general of the Public Health Service issued a public advisory this week, warning that social media can harm young people. Adolescents “are not just smaller adults,” the surgeon general, Dr. Vivek Murthy, said. “They’re in a different phase of development, and they’re in a critical phase of brain development.” He sounded the alarm in a 19-page report that recommended that families keep mealtimes and in-person gatherings free of devices. He also said that tech companies should enforce minimum age limits “in ways that respect the privacy of youth users” and see that default settings for children “are set to highest safety and privacy standards.” I spoke with our education reporter, Troy Closson , who with several colleagues sampled the reactions to the report among children and … [Read more...] about Social Media: What Teenagers Think and What Parents Don’t Know
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After Weight-Loss Surgery, a Year of Joys and Disappointments
It was Oct. 11, 2015, and a middle-aged man and a young woman, both severely obese, were struggling with the same lump-in-the-throat feeling. The next day they were going to have an irreversible operation. Were they on the threshold of a new beginning or a terrible mistake? They were strangers, scheduled for back-to-back bariatric surgery at the University of Michigan with the same doctor. He would cut away most of their stomachs and reroute their small intestines. They were almost certain to lose much of their excess weight. But despite the drastic surgery, their doctor told them it was unlikely that they would ever be thin. Nearly 200,000 Americans have bariatric surgery each year. Yet far more — an estimated 24 million — are heavy enough to qualify for the operation, and many of them are struggling with whether to have such a radical treatment, the only one that leads to profound and lasting weight loss for virtually everyone who has it. Most people believe that the … [Read more...] about After Weight-Loss Surgery, a Year of Joys and Disappointments
Morning Rundown: Ron DeSantis’ strategy to take on Trump, E. Jean Carroll adds to defamation suit, volcanic ash in Mexico City
DeSantis' expected presidential run likely won't include personal jabs against Trump. A man was arrested and a Nazi flag was seized after a truck crash near the White House. And a volcano causes disruptions as ash rains over Mexico City. Here’s what to know today. Inside DeSantis' 'strategic' campaign against Trump Ron DeSantis is the self-designated "new sheriff in town" in his fight with Disney. He boasts about sending migrants to Martha's Vineyard. He thrives on enemy slights and gleefully dives into culture wars. But when it comes to Donald Trump, he'll be "strategic," as his team puts it, about crossing into Mar-a-Lago territory. This is Morning Rundown, a weekday newsletter to start your morning. Sign up here to get it in your inbox. The Florida governor is expected to launch his presidential run this week. When he does, he enters the same trap as most of his Republican competitors. They pose a threat to front-runner Trump, but they'll pull … [Read more...] about Morning Rundown: Ron DeSantis’ strategy to take on Trump, E. Jean Carroll adds to defamation suit, volcanic ash in Mexico City