The problem began in mid-September Wall Street Journal Facebook has published a statement titled “Instagram knows it is toxic to teenage girls.” Of Text Facebook says it has identified alarming information about its impact on young users. The newspaper quoted an unnamed domestic company as saying: “Thirty-two percent of teenage girls feel bad about themselves.” Another slide makes a vague conclusion: “Young people are responsible for the increase in anxiety and depression on Instagram. This response was unexpected and consistent across all groups.

These revelations ignited the media. “Instagram is worse for children than we think,” says one Washington. Post Text Published in the following days Journalists “It’s not just teenage girls — Instagram is toxic to everyone,” says Scap. op-ed In Boston Globe. “Zuckerberg’s public opinion on the impact of his forum on mental health seems to contradict Facebook’s internal findings.” Mentioned new York Post. In an offensive post on his Facebook account, Mark Zuckerberg dismissed the company’s intentions as “misinformation.” The fact that Facebook has been conducting this study shows that the company is concerned about the health effects of its products. Zuckerberg also cited the information in the slides, which found that Instagram had helped many young girls out of 11 of the 12 areas of concern (such as loneliness and diet) rather than hurting Instagram. In the background, however, the company has stopped working on a new one Instagram Kids Service.

These organizational responses were not enough to stop the criticism. In early October, the whistle-blower officially released a “60-minute” interview, identifying herself as Francis Hawgen, an information scientist who worked for Facebook on issues related to democracy and misinformation. Two days later Hawgen testified. It took more than three hours before the Senate subcommittee to argue that Facebook’s focus on security has led to “more divisions, more damage, more lies, more threats and more war.” Unusually, members of the Democrat and Republican sub-committees seemed to agree that these social media platforms were a problem. “Every part of the country is affected by Facebook and Instagram.”

This is a far cry from the first Facebook encounter. What surprised me about this special pile was that it sounded more consistent than it lacked. Feedback Journalists Scoop was quick to ask for fines and restrictions on Facebook. In most cases, the authors were outraged by the lack of such punishment. “Both Democrats and Republicans have been denigrating Facebook for years during election results that show the company is unpopular,” said one official. Text From Washington Post. “Despite this, little effort has been made to bring the company to the heels.” It can be said that it is a very natural response to the leaks that are not common in the discussion but can be harmful to Instagram: should children never use these services?

A.D. There was a moment in 2018, in the early stages Cambridge Analytical ScandalWhen the hashtag “Delete #Facebook” starts to improve. Termination of the service has been the rationale for Facebook’s growing role in allegations of engineering addiction, privacy breaches, and civil disobedience. But the hashtag soon faded, and the desire to walk away from social media waned. Big Wave OilGest Articles — Like 2017 Atlantic History “Have Smartphones Destroyed Generations?” Asked for a small policy focus on Arkan’s response responses and content-mediation strategies. This cultural change has helped Facebook. “The reality is that young people are using technology. Think about how many school-age children have their phones. ” Zuckerberg wrote in response to a recent scandal. “Instead of ignoring this, technology companies need to build experience that meets their needs and is safe.” Many politicians and scholars are reacting to Zuckerberg’s idea that these tools are responding to Facebook’s crackdown on staying here, and all that remains is to argue how they work.

I am not sure but I am not sure that we need to be very quick to ask about the importance of these technologies in our lives, especially when they affect the well-being of our children. In an effort to revive the discussion, I met four selected scholars from both sides and asked them what was missing in the introduction or in the manual. Should teen teens use social media to cover up recent Facebook revelations? I did not expect a consensus response, but at least I thought it was important to determine the current landscape of expert opinion on this important issue.

I started with one of the most prominent advocates of academic psychology, Jonathan Hyde, who has emerged in recent years in academic and public circles, social media, and adolescent mental health issues. In response to my question, Hyde pointed out the difference between communication technology and social media. “It’s great to be in direct contact with friends,” he said. “Text, Zoom, FaceTime and Snapchat aren’t that bad.” His real concern is, especially in the forums that see the user as the product, not the customer, through the constant social comparisons and the search for confirmation from strangers to keep the child’s eyes on the screen. “How do we allow Instagram and TikTok to be a big part of the lives of so many eleven-year-olds?” He asked.

I spoke to Adam Alter, a marketing professor at NYU Stern School of Business, who was involved in a social media debate in 2017 when he was lucky enough to publish his book.Unstoppable”Explores the methods of addictive digital products. “There are more than one way to answer this question, and most of them do not,” he replied. Alter put the same question to hundreds of parents and said: “None of them are happy that their teenagers are using social media.” Most of the young people he spoke to expressed similar concerns. Alter argues that “if they are unhappy and can express their grief, it shows that the problem is serious.” He added that these issues are not easily resolved. For example, he expressed concern about the problem of trying to keep adolescents away from social media if most of their peers use these forums to organize their social life.

Lawrence Steinberg, a professor of psychology at Temple University and one of the world’s leading experts in adolescence, is one of the most skeptical figures in the debate about the impact on adolescents. Following the testimony of the Hawgen Senate, Steinberg Op-ed Times He argues that research linking services such as Instagram is still underdeveloped, and that we need to be careful about relying on knowledge. “Psychological research has repeatedly shown that we do not understand ourselves as well as we think,” he wrote. When I answered my question, Steinberg pointed out that he was upset because he thought that the information was too much for him. “People are convinced that the use of social media should be harmful,” he told me. “But history is full of people who are absolutely convinced that science is wrong. After all, people were convinced that the earth was flat.