March 27, 2023
Mental Health | Tea Leaves
  • States and local governments are increasingly pursuing legislation and legal action against social media companies as they are increasingly being blamed for historically high rates of depression, suicidality, and other mental health issues in youth. Utah just passed a law limiting social media for minors, and school districts in Seattle and San Mateo County, California, are suing leading platforms, charging they’re delivering harmful content to kids. It comes just as Congress ratcheted up pressure for a ban on TikTok for the harmful impact it’s had on kids. U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy said last month that age 13 is “too early” for kids to join social media. (Article here)