"We’ve been covering, at great length, the moral panic around the claims that
social media is what’s making kids depressed. The problem with this narrative
is that there’s basically no real evidence to support it. As the American
Psychological Association found when it reviewed all the literature, despite
many, many dozens of studies done on the impact of social media on kids, no one
was able to establish a causal relationship.
As that report noted, the research seemed to show no inherent benefit or harm
for most kids. For some, it showed a real benefit (often around kids being able
to find like-minded people online to communicate with). For a very small
percentage, it appeared to potentially exacerbate existing issues. And those
are really the cases that we should be focused on.
But, instead, the narrative that continues to make the rounds is that social
media is inherently bad for kids. That leads to various bills around age
verification and age gating to keep kids off of social media."
*** Xanni ***
Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics