US Surgeon General Issues Major Advisory Warning

  • Dr. Vivek Murthy, the U.S. surgeon general, issued a major advisory on Tuesday warning of the “profound risk” social media poses to children and teens.
  • “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 critical that independent researchers and technology companies work together to rapidly advance our understanding of the impact of social media on children and adolescents,” Murthy wrote in the 25-page advisory.
  • “Our children and adolescents don’t have the luxury of waiting years until we know the full extent of social media’s impact. Their childhoods and development are happening now,” the surgeon general said.
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