Social Media Addiction: Should The Government Regulate?

Playing Should There be Government Regulation of Social Media to Curb Addiction?

Social media has the attention of billions and billions of users and The Doctors share that Americans spend 2 to 3 hours every day on social media! Are we scrolling, liking and swiping too much and should there be laws in place to stop addicted behaviors related to it?

A bill, the Social Media Addiction Reduction Technology (SMART) Act would stop companies from using features like infinite scroll and auto-refill and require a user to have to click through to view more content on social media platforms. The bill would also required time limits to be imposed on social media apps, which the user could disable.

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We asked our studio audience if the government should regulate social media to curb addiction and 80 percent said, no they should not. Doctors' guest attorney Alison Triessl suggests parents concerned about the amount of time their kids spend on social media look into the available apps that will limit a young person's time on the platforms.

So are there possible health concerns related to excessive social media use? Clinical psychologist Dr. Judy Ho shares that "passive scrolling" can lead to users compare their own life to others in an unhealthy way, and possibly lead to depression. Studies have also found a direct correlation with the amount of time young people spend on social media and the likelihood of health issues like isolation, loneliness and in some cases, even suicide.

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Dr. Judy reminds the audience that what we see on people's accounts is usually a "highlight reel" of their best moments, which have filtered and not something we should be trying to live up to.

The Doctors acknowlege that social media is here to stay and a major part of our lives and suggest like all things in life, moderation is key.

Find out more about apps designed to limit a child's time on social media.


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