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Social Media’s Mental Health Dilemma

Show Floor, Earth Stage
October 10, 2023
Erin Parks, PhD
Garth Graham, M.D
YouTube Health
Lori Evans Bernstein
Mandy Teefey
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The panelists discussed the increasing usage of social media among teens, which averages seven hours per day. They agreed that while social media plays a critical role in our world today, it also has significant health implications, especially for younger populations. They emphasized the importance of moderating its use to avoid negative affects such as social isolation, depression, and body image issues.

The discussion also touched on the alarming rise in eating disorders during the pandemic, largely attributed to social isolation and increased social media use. Approaches to combating misinformation and harmful content on these platforms were also addressed.

Ultimately, all panelists agreed that while social media has its downsides, it is a tool that can be utilized beneficially if properly navigated. They highlighted the role parents, educators, and health providers play in teaching healthy social media habits and curating content to avoid triggers. They also advocated for higher quality, trust-worthy health information to be made readily accessible for users of all ages in a fast, engaging manner. In conclusion, the panelists stressed the need for ongoing, open conversations about social media’s impact on mental health.

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