Surgeon General Issues New Warning About Social Media

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( – Surgeon General Vivek Murthy has urged social media platforms to start including a warning label for users as prolonged usage has been connected to mental health risks for teens. 

In an opinion piece in The New York Times, Murthy pointed out that it was time for a surgeon general warning label to be included on all social media platforms. He added that those messages needed to be similar to the warning labels that are already placed on alcohol and tobacco products. As he pointed out, studies have shown that these warning labels have a positive effect in increasing awareness and even changing the behavior of users. 

He pointed out that it is time for such a label to be included on social media platforms as it has been proven that social media can cause mental health harm to teens. He added however that in order for such a warning message to be included they would need to have Congress take action. Still, he added that such a move would be worth it as it would remind adolescents and parents that social media has not been proven to be safe. 

He also pointed out that a warning label alone is not going to be enough for social media platforms to be safer. He added that according to the advisory that he had released last year social media was contributing to the mental health crisis among adolescents and pushed for more safety measures to be added to these platforms so as to protect vulnerable groups.

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