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There is growing recognition in the medical community that social media applications are harmful to mental health, particularly for young people. Researchers have observed an inverse relationship between social media use and various measures of psychological well-being. The testimony of former Meta insiders like Frances Haugen and Arturo Béjar has brought the issue into the political mainstream, highlighting the fact that social media operators are aware of the harmful effects of their products. Although the exact mechanisms are still under study, the prevailing theories suggest that the very structure of social media applications promotes unhealthy, and potentially addictive, habits among users.

This post was originally published on the Cardozo Journal of Equal Rights and Social Justice website on March 29, 2024. The original post can be accessed via the Archived Link button above.

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