Surgeon General Calls for Health Warnings on Social Media for Younger Users

Surgeon General Calls for Health Warnings on Social Media for Younger Users
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Wash¬≠ing¬≠ton, D.C. ‚ÄĒ In a move to address the grow¬≠ing con¬≠cerns over the impact of social media on ado¬≠les¬≠cent men¬≠tal health, U.S. Sur¬≠geon Gen¬≠er¬≠al Vivek Murthy has called for social media plat¬≠forms to include health warn¬≠ing labels for younger users.

In an op-ed pub¬≠lished in The New York Times, Murthy stat¬≠ed, ‚ÄúIt is time to require a sur¬≠geon gen¬≠er¬≠al‚Äôs warn¬≠ing label on social media plat¬≠forms, stat¬≠ing that social media is asso¬≠ci¬≠at¬≠ed with sig¬≠nif¬≠i¬≠cant men¬≠tal health harms for adolescents.‚ÄĚ

This call to action comes after Murthy’s office issued an advi­so­ry last year on the poten­tial effects of social media use on teenage users. At that time, Murthy urged social media com­pa­nies to pri­or­i­tize safe­ty and pri­va­cy in their prod­uct designs and to ensure that min­i­mum age require­ments are strict­ly enforced.

Murthy’s lat­est remarks high­light the grow­ing body of evi­dence that links social media use to var­i­ous men­tal health issues among ado­les­cents, includ­ing anx­i­ety, depres­sion, and even sui­ci­dal ideation.

‚ÄúNet¬≠works car¬≠ry risk of ‚Äėmen¬≠tal health harms for ado¬≠les¬≠cents,‚Äô ‚ÄĚ Murthy wrote, under¬≠scor¬≠ing the need for more robust mea¬≠sures to pro¬≠tect younger users from the poten¬≠tial¬≠ly detri¬≠men¬≠tal effects of social media.

This push for health warn­ings on social media plat­forms aligns with the broad­er pub­lic health con­ver­sa­tion around the impact of tech­nol­o­gy on men­tal well-being, par­tic­u­lar­ly among vul­ner­a­ble pop­u­la­tions such as chil­dren and teenagers.

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