U.S. Surgeon General Warns That Social Media Can Harm Teens’ Mental Health

TUESDAY, May 23, 2023 (HealthDay News) — Social media presents a “profound risk” to young brains, U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, M.D., warned on Tuesday.

In the new report — Surgeon General’s Advisory on Social Media and Youth Mental Health — Murthy warned about the risks of social media use for young people and called on policymakers, tech companies, researchers and parents to “urgently take action.” The full effect of social media is not well understood, he noted. Among the concerns are that if children are using social media frequently they may actually be altering their developing brains, specifically in the amygdala and the prefrontal cortex. These are important for emotional learning, emotional regulation, impulse control, and social behavior. This “could increase sensitivity to social rewards and punishments,” the report stated.

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