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Multiple studies have proven that “the more hours a day a teen spends on social media, the more likely it is that they’re going to be depressed,” says iGen author Jean Twenge. But social media CEOs deny it “because this is their business. This is how they make money.”

“Gen X is unfortunately just as polarized as the [earlier] generations,” says Psychiatrist Jean Twenge. But young Republicans are “fairly progressive [on] a lot of social issues…so there may be less polarization on some of those issues as time goes on.”

The “link between social media use and depression is larger for children and younger teens,” says Psychologist Jean Twenge. So to legislators proposing bans for those under 13, she suggests, “How about 16? Let’s get social media out of middle schools. That is such a difficult time for kids already.”

Seattle Public Schools are suing big tech, alleging social media platforms “intentionally contributed to the youth mental health crisis.” Psychology Professor Jean Twenge, author of “iGen,” says evidence now suggests “it’s not just correlation, that it is causation.” 

Will America’s kids ever recover from the trauma of living through these past few years?  A recent Surgeon General’s report found that during the pandemic, depression and anxiety among young people doubled. 

Social media creates ‘An unrealistic portrait of [people’s] lives,’ says iGen author Jean Twenge; Wall Street Journal technology reporter Jeff Horwitz says Facebook was ‘very aware’ its products could have harmful effects on users but hasn’t done anything to fix it.

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