New York City has declared social media a “threat to the mental health” of minors, said Mayor Eric Adams, supported by a report from the Department of Mental Health.
The mayor compared the use of social networks by young people to tobacco and weapons in the past, “and in the same way we treat social networks: as a health threat that must be stopped. We must make sure that those technology companies take responsibility for their products.”
At the moment, it is unclear what actions the Mayor’s Office will take to act against social networks since they are in charge of major technology companies.
The internet can be dangerous
He also recalled that the internet presents many risks for students and that “companies like TikTok, YouTube, and Facebook are spreading a mental crisis by designing their platforms with addictive characteristics.”
This is supported by a Mental Health report
The mental health report used by Adams says that 77% of high school students spend three hours or more a day in front of a device in their free time, and even if it’s not directly related, he recalled that in 2021, a study showed. that 38% of high school students have feelings of hopelessness that lead them to stop their daily activities.
A previous study by the Department of Health surveyed 150 participants who mentioned that social media undermined their self-esteem, their social relationships, and their ability to manage their time.
The report includes advice for teachers, educators, and parents, including the recommendation not to give cell phones to children until the age of 14, disable social networks on their first cell phones, and limit use of telephones during that time.