as it resonates Business insider, Seattle school boards have blamed Certain social networks like Meta, TikTok, Google and Snapchat to manipulate and abuse the vulnerable minds of young people, creating a “positive feedback loop” to millions of students across the country through the use and misuse of the social media platforms of the said companies. attract in
In particular, they are accused of degrading young people’s mental health, causing behavioral disorders, including anxiety, depression, eating disorders, and cyberbullying, thus complicating students’ maturational progress. and force schools to take measures such as recruiting more mental health professionals. Development of curriculum that addresses the effects of social media, and additional training of staff to deal with this situation.
The lawsuit states that “the increase in suicide and suicide attempts and the increase in visits to mental health centers is not a coincidence. The crisis was already worsening with the pandemic and research has shown that young people are more likely to have mental health problems.” Social networks play an important role in the emergence of
President Joe Biden He has already called on social media platforms to be “held accountable for the experiments being conducted on our children for profit”. in newspaper columns wall street journal Topic“Republicans and Democrats, Unite Against Big Tech Abuses”Biden prompted both major US political parties to come together to pass strong bipartisan legislation to hold Big Tech accountable for these abuses against the American people.
according to American Psychiatric Association (APA) “Cultural trends over the past 10 years may have greater impact on outcomes related to mood disorders and suicide younger generations than older generations”, as stated by Jean Twenge, author of the book “Igen”. and Professor of Psychology at San Diego State University (USA), who believe that this trend may be partly due to increased use of electronic and digital communication and mass media, which may have changed methods of social interaction enough to influence mood disorders. He also said that research shows that young people don’t get as much sleep as they did in previous generations. In a work published in the journal “Journal of Psychopathology and Clinical ScienceTwenge noted that “these trends are weaker or absent in adults age 26 and older, suggesting a generational shift in mood disorders rather than a general increase across ages.”
According to whatThere was a 52% increase in the rate of 12-17-year-olds diagnosed with depression from 2005 to 2017, and a 31% increase in mental health-related emergency department visits for the same age group, compared to 2019.
changes in teenagers
A new investigation was published in the same month of January JAMA Pediatrics Pointed to the changes in the early use of social networks by adolescents. One of the authors, Eva Telzer, says that “People who grow up consulting the platform more often are becoming more sensitive to feedback from their peers.”
In 2021, there were 34 million Internet users registered in Spain, most of whom (96.8%) use social networks. according to him “Social networks: Angels and demons” reports by the agency CaratIt is the youngest who uses the Internet “intensely”.
Households with children between the ages of 8 and 17 disclosed an average of 3 hours per day during the week and 5 hours on weekends. According to this study, 9 out of 10 minors use mobile phones to access social networks, more than the overall average of the national population (82.1%), and access before the permitted age (13 or 14 years). Huh.
an increasingly addictive world
Paul Graham, one of Silicon Valley’s biggest investors, it has been recognized what,The world is on its way to becoming more addictive in the next 40 years than in the last 40; Think about how TikTok is engaging your kids more compared to Facebook. And now imagine what it would be like in the TikTok metaverse… all the factors that come into our attention are about to get more powerful.
Several recent scientific studies have confirmed that adolescents are already unable to devote himself to a single task for more than 65 seconds, While adults can barely concentrate on a single task for three minutes. fountain ofMatchtweets, memes, alerts,storiesAnd the emoticons that rain down on us day in and day out are softening our brains and rendering them useless for performing complex intellectual tasks.
Nature A new study warns Led by psychologists Kevin Madore and Anthony Wagner of Stanford University in California, what The Arsenal of Screens We Often Use at the Same Time Can Affect Our Attention Span and Memory,
Javier Quintero, Professor of Psychiatry and Medical Psychology at Complutense University and Head of the Psychiatry Service of the Infanta Leonor University Hospital (Madrid) said that there is an increasing competition to increase the intensity of stimuli, at the same time as the rate of stimuli reaching us is accelerating and changing attentional processes”. What the expert qualifies as “nonsense” is that most gifts to children who have their first bite at age nine or ten—asmart fone,
Together with the accumulation of scientific evidence that links abusive exposure to screens (electronic media) to mood states, suicide rates, attention span, addictive behaviors or developmental disorders in children and adolescents, not to mention dysfunction resulting from sedentary lifestyles We found a worryingly low perception of the associated risk among those responsible for the education of children and young people, parents and teachers, including from regulatory bodies and companies involved Reckless attitudes have been added, which use the world and virtual communications as a productive source of income and an effective means of manipulating individuals, creating trends, swaying ideologies or simply distracting those who use them.
The generalization of the misuse of electronic media for recreational purposes facilitates the spread of its undesirable effects among child, adolescent or adult populations, incorporating them into their daily lives as a core element that captures their attention most of the time. Is. For many people, it constitutes the principal method of communication with other people and facilitates access to information with a high addiction risk, such as gambling and betting, pornography, substance abuse, eating related to eating disorders (anorexia and bulimia), etc.
So, to the convenience of access to electronic media—smartphones are the star gift for children from 7 years old—we must add the lack of control both over time of use, more than 3 hours a day in children and adolescents from 8 to 17 years old. Along with the age of the content accessed, the supervision of which is not only the responsibility of the companies promoting them, nor of the regulatory bodies, but, ultimately, becomes an indispensable duty of parents and teachers, whose responsibility it is to use electronic devices. This is to ensure the appropriateness of both the use of children and the content accessed, which may contribute to seriously distorting the maturation process and ultimately affecting the health and future of children.
It is necessary, more than ever, a training and informational work aimed at parents, teachers and managers of social media, first of all, to increase their awareness of the myriad risks faced by users who misuse electronic media. Promote stimulating, other, healthier and more balanced alternatives, such as diversification of stimuli, fostering real social relationships rather than virtual ones, reading, sports, outdoor living, traditional sports and, ultimately, regaining connection with the “real world” , rich in its diversity of stimuli, which, with a much lower frequency and intensity than virtual media, is much better suited to the evolutionary development needs of our brains and their maturational needs, which include beauty, order and dosage of stimuli . . , including places of silence and solitude, much abused today.
Institute of Life Sciences
Catholic University of Valencia