Social media damages teenagers' mental health, report says
27/01/2021 | news | technology | 128
Heavy social media use had a negative impact on wellbeing, the study found.
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27/01/2021 15:04:03 6 1
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Reading the article, I know this idea has definitely been floated before and is accepted. One question I have though, has it been proven social media damages mental health, or is it possible that simply those with damaged mental health (from another cause) are drawn to social media for some reason?
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27/01/2021 15:08:37 3 0
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Very good question, and I guess you also need to look at the types of social media that are used, as well as the exposure to generally positive feedback versus trolling. This will vary from one platform to another I guess - I am not a willing or regular user of social media outside of work communications.
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27/01/2021 15:11:50 0 0
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The article does state heavy social media usage, so reading between the lines light usage doesn't have any meaningful impact, I suspect the answer is that social media usage is only part of it
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27/01/2021 15:25:32 3 0
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Yes - it has been proven to be the cause of mental health problems in numerous studies.
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27/01/2021 15:07:07 47 3
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So now it's time for parents to do their part, restrict the amount of time your kids spend on social media, if you don't you are failing in your responsibility as a parent.
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27/01/2021 15:09:37 24 3
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It isn't just a question of restricting, but guiding to make sure it is used responsibly
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28/01/2021 09:59:52 1 0
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I feel like it's an information and education issue rather than a parenting issue. As long as kids are told "Look, no one ever posts bad stuff to SocMed, but all the rubbish stuff that happens to everyone still happens to them." in regards to the bombardment of posts showing how amazing someone's life is.
Also liberal use of the unfollow button.
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27/01/2021 15:08:33 18 0
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Well there's a surprise!. Virtual bullying spreads both quicker and further allowing less time for intervention and prevention. Add to this, the feeling of 'not being in the know' of the trendy classmates' WhatsApp group, it's no wonder mental health is affected. Social Media should be far more age restricted than it is.
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27/01/2021 15:04:03 6 1
bbc
Reading the article, I know this idea has definitely been floated before and is accepted. One question I have though, has it been proven social media damages mental health, or is it possible that simply those with damaged mental health (from another cause) are drawn to social media for some reason?
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27/01/2021 15:08:37 3 0
bbc
Very good question, and I guess you also need to look at the types of social media that are used, as well as the exposure to generally positive feedback versus trolling. This will vary from one platform to another I guess - I am not a willing or regular user of social media outside of work communications.
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27/01/2021 15:07:07 47 3
bbc
So now it's time for parents to do their part, restrict the amount of time your kids spend on social media, if you don't you are failing in your responsibility as a parent.
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27/01/2021 15:09:37 24 3
bbc
It isn't just a question of restricting, but guiding to make sure it is used responsibly
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27/01/2021 17:52:57 0 1
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I agree, though something tells me that a large number of parents think social media is basically cat videos and the like
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28/01/2021 08:34:07 0 0
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Ha ha have you ever tried to guide a teenager as a parent?
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27/01/2021 15:04:03 6 1
bbc
Reading the article, I know this idea has definitely been floated before and is accepted. One question I have though, has it been proven social media damages mental health, or is it possible that simply those with damaged mental health (from another cause) are drawn to social media for some reason?
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27/01/2021 15:11:50 0 0
bbc
The article does state heavy social media usage, so reading between the lines light usage doesn't have any meaningful impact, I suspect the answer is that social media usage is only part of it
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27/01/2021 15:16:16 33 2
bbc
Social media has fundamentally destroyed we interact with each other and, ironically, made us a lot less socially-able.

It's created echo chambers and narrowed down interactions to very small groups that don't interact with others.

It allows people to simply block out the people they disagree with, or effectively delete a person from their lives without even talking to each other.

It's evil.
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27/01/2021 15:55:02 9 3
bbc
the way* we interact..

Further to the point, I've experienced different cultures which are less reliant on social media and the differences are stark.
Just one example are the interactions between one another when dating. Here, speaking from my male perspective, you're treated as if you're disposable, yet in parts such as Australia, women seem to actually know how to let a man down with kindness.
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AMc
27/01/2021 17:15:37 1 1
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yeaaaaah and no.
Whilst there are many issues, IF used properly social media has connected a lot of people, I believe the Facebook App itself is a prime example of this, WhatsApp another good one.

That said the likes of Snapchat and others where there is short term messaging, some which delete messages and images simultaneously, so no history or tracking, how are they even allowed to exist!?
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27/01/2021 22:06:47 1 0
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There is a very good video called "Look Up" with a poem recital. This covers exactly what you are saying.
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27/01/2021 15:22:23 35 1
bbc
How much damage must be done before we regulate social media like any other harmful product?
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27/01/2021 15:04:03 6 1
bbc
Reading the article, I know this idea has definitely been floated before and is accepted. One question I have though, has it been proven social media damages mental health, or is it possible that simply those with damaged mental health (from another cause) are drawn to social media for some reason?
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27/01/2021 15:25:32 3 0
bbc
Yes - it has been proven to be the cause of mental health problems in numerous studies.
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27/01/2021 15:26:54 8 1
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The business model social media is built on is essentially self perpetuating and ultimately destructive to individuals and society. Some kind of sand in the gears is required and only governments can do this, otherwise we all become slaves to the FB et al. machines.
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27/01/2021 15:33:27 20 6
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"Young people are among the hardest hit by the pandemic"

And yet the most likely to break any and all containment rules ... they are their own worst enemies!
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27/01/2021 15:43:11 15 0
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Social media is too easily accessible for youngsters in particular and fuels a pernicious virus amongst our screen addicted communities. There are very few significant benefits to it.
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27/01/2021 15:45:54 6 3
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"Social media damages teenagers' mental health, report says"

And we are still giving out free devices to teenagers to aid study. What do you think they will use them for after schoolwork is finished?
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27/01/2021 16:28:56 4 0
bbc
As long as it is AFTER the work is done, not really an issue. I find it most troublesome when my students are on social media whilst I am trying to give them a proper education!
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27/01/2021 15:46:20 37 0
bbc
"Social media damages everyone's mental health, report says"

There, fixed it for you.
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27/01/2021 15:46:27 26 0
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“Well, Duuuuuhhhhh”

Of course it will have negative effects. It’s been developed specifically to exploit human behaviour and will have massive side effects
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27/01/2021 15:16:16 33 2
bbc
Social media has fundamentally destroyed we interact with each other and, ironically, made us a lot less socially-able.

It's created echo chambers and narrowed down interactions to very small groups that don't interact with others.

It allows people to simply block out the people they disagree with, or effectively delete a person from their lives without even talking to each other.

It's evil.
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27/01/2021 15:55:02 9 3
bbc
the way* we interact..

Further to the point, I've experienced different cultures which are less reliant on social media and the differences are stark.
Just one example are the interactions between one another when dating. Here, speaking from my male perspective, you're treated as if you're disposable, yet in parts such as Australia, women seem to actually know how to let a man down with kindness.
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27/01/2021 15:59:05 13 1
bbc
I'd go as far as to say it should be illegal for anyone under 13 to have social media, have phones restricted to basic phone and messaging function for kids, and even under 16 there should be restrictions on social media.

Kids have no idea how what they post now will come back to haunt them in 10 years time. Posting on social media is not like talking, and my generation didn't understand that.
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27/01/2021 17:58:23 2 1
bbc
It would be unenforceable, same as many other 'crimes", texting whilst driving, drinking underage and so on, just banning/making something illegal won't solve the problem
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27/01/2021 16:02:20 8 1
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HYS included i hope, people tend to forget that forums are also part of social media, there's always someone that says "i don't use social media" on here and they're completely ignorant to the fact this is indeed social media.
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27/01/2021 16:09:07 7 0
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While you are probably technically correct, a discussion thread is very different to a social media app that has been developed in a way to show you content and responses that will get your attention/interaction. No matter how damaging they are. (Instagram - showing you more suicide related images. YouTube - related conspiracy theories).
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27/01/2021 16:07:56 1 6
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Once again, they are burning to rid the village of the virus at the expense of the everything

They should have dealt with it properly at the begin, but they messed up,and failed to protect the old. Sadly we don't have a time machine so we must deal with what we have now

And that's a lot of unhappy kids, and if they're not unhappy, they're certainly going to leave school with uncertain futures
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27/01/2021 16:02:20 8 1
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HYS included i hope, people tend to forget that forums are also part of social media, there's always someone that says "i don't use social media" on here and they're completely ignorant to the fact this is indeed social media.
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27/01/2021 16:09:07 7 0
bbc
While you are probably technically correct, a discussion thread is very different to a social media app that has been developed in a way to show you content and responses that will get your attention/interaction. No matter how damaging they are. (Instagram - showing you more suicide related images. YouTube - related conspiracy theories).
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27/01/2021 21:09:16 0 0
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And there are no conspiracy theories on here, then?

To quote a once well-known tennis player: "You cannot be serious!"
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27/01/2021 16:18:07 3 3
bbc
That is why there is so much young knife crime in the UK.
Plague island, not a nice place to live now.
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27/01/2021 16:59:39 6 1
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I think you've been using too much social media. If not that, you've been using too much something else...
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27/01/2021 15:45:54 6 3
bbc
"Social media damages teenagers' mental health, report says"

And we are still giving out free devices to teenagers to aid study. What do you think they will use them for after schoolwork is finished?
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27/01/2021 16:28:56 4 0
bbc
As long as it is AFTER the work is done, not really an issue. I find it most troublesome when my students are on social media whilst I am trying to give them a proper education!
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27/01/2021 16:30:13 1 3
bbc
It is an usolved marvel of recent history: From around 2008 there was a sudden, global, massive drop in juvenile crime, drinking, drug-taking and underage pregnancies. The graphs all fell off a cliff, everywhere. Liberal and Conservative societies.

Whatever could it have been?
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27/01/2021 18:32:10 3 1
bbc
Care to post your sources of this "data" for scrutiny?
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27/01/2021 16:33:00 16 1
bbc
Smoking and drinking place additional burden on the NHS, and they are taxed for it, just saying.
On that basis there should be a tax on stupidity and lack of common sense. The great unwashed have proved themselves to be as asinine as the entitled red cords brigade. Removed
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27/01/2021 16:41:00 23 1
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Delete your social media's and you live a happier life you don't need it.
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27/01/2021 20:16:43 6 0
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100% agree!

Deleted them all 4 years ago!
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27/01/2021 16:33:00 16 1
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Smoking and drinking place additional burden on the NHS, and they are taxed for it, just saying.
On that basis there should be a tax on stupidity and lack of common sense. The great unwashed have proved themselves to be as asinine as the entitled red cords brigade. Removed
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27/01/2021 16:13:58 14 1
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unregulated and un-moderated social media is a cancer. Our young people have enough challenges in life presently and could well do without having to be exposed to online trolls, bullies and nasty people. It is sickening how faceless greedy companies and weak govenments have let down our young children. Mental health issues are only going to increase to record levels, unless all SM is moderated.
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27/01/2021 21:06:23 3 2
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"could well do without having to be exposed to online trolls, bullies and nasty people."

Given the user name, the irony is strong in this one...
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ljs
27/01/2021 16:47:37 15 2
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"Social media damages teenagers' mental health"

YET another study of the bleedin OBVIOUS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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28/01/2021 11:14:27 2 0
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While it may seem obvious, these studies do need to happen. If studies like this do not happen, then how can we counter ill-informed individuals who make unsubstantiated claims not grounded in logic? People could go round convincing everyone that social media is beneficial for everyone and we would have no evidence to argue the contrary. These studies are absolutely crucial.
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27/01/2021 16:54:25 17 0
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I didn't need a study to know this is the case, just common sense. It is an addiction, and as any addiction is negative to mental health. It creates extremely high anxiety levels (everything now!), dependency to be "liked" by people that may not even exist in reality. But hey, as long as they don't bother their parents, these are happy with their children being locked up behind a screen
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27/01/2021 16:18:07 3 3
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That is why there is so much young knife crime in the UK.
Plague island, not a nice place to live now.
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27/01/2021 16:59:39 6 1
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I think you've been using too much social media. If not that, you've been using too much something else...
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27/01/2021 17:05:01 8 0
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This is what happens when parents allow their children to be brought up by there telephones and not their parents, a huge mistake. Get them off their damned phones and start acting normally.
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27/01/2021 17:05:08 29 1
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I'm glad this didn't exist when I was young.
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27/01/2021 17:50:24 10 5
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In the early 1980s, teenagers (males, at least) who felt uncomfortable with or excluded from normal social interaction were on BBS systems with modems. Before that, they were in arcades. Before that, they were in pool halls.

Plus ça change...
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27/01/2021 17:07:24 39 1
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This is what happens when parents allow their children to be brought up by their telephones and not their parents, a huge mistake. Its really shocking to see kids and adults a like, constantly on their phones argggghhhh
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28/01/2021 09:46:31 5 0
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Strongly agree.

I remember a story about a primary school where parents collecting their children were so busy staring at their own phones that they weren't paying attention to their children, walking blindly into the roads/busy school traffic, tripping over pets and other people's children etc.

Can hardly blame children when the people they're meant to be able to look up to are even worse!
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27/01/2021 16:49:25 4 5
bbc
Well, with schools and universities closed, and teenagers not able to see friends in person, is it really any surprise that they are spending lot's of time on social media?

Get them all back to school now, not some time in March!
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27/01/2021 17:59:54 8 0
bbc
This was an issue long before then
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27/01/2021 15:16:16 33 2
bbc
Social media has fundamentally destroyed we interact with each other and, ironically, made us a lot less socially-able.

It's created echo chambers and narrowed down interactions to very small groups that don't interact with others.

It allows people to simply block out the people they disagree with, or effectively delete a person from their lives without even talking to each other.

It's evil.
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AMc
27/01/2021 17:15:37 1 1
bbc
yeaaaaah and no.
Whilst there are many issues, IF used properly social media has connected a lot of people, I believe the Facebook App itself is a prime example of this, WhatsApp another good one.

That said the likes of Snapchat and others where there is short term messaging, some which delete messages and images simultaneously, so no history or tracking, how are they even allowed to exist!?
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28/01/2021 13:36:28 0 0
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Snapchat is more emulative of real life. You're having short term conversations which are like real ones, not having everything you've ever done recorded indefinitely which is just not natural.

I'm sure there isn't one person who doesn't have something in their social media history that isn't self incriminating.

We were well connected before social media, just not at the cost of our privacy.
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27/01/2021 17:22:48 9 0
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"An 11-year-old boy in Colombia who received death threats after calling for better access to education during the pandemic has been speaking to the BBC."

What can you say?
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Bob
27/01/2021 17:35:34 11 1
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Social media is fine. The content that bubbles to the top is the issue.

Too many wannabes posting too many fake images & stories about their perfect lives setting unrealistic expectations. To top it all some of those go on to have mental breakdowns of their own and put out an emotion post saying they have depression and mental issues owing to the expectation they themselves created.
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27/01/2021 17:32:15 8 0
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Only now reporting something we adults have been saying for years. Brainwashing of millennials via Social Media. Not just Pandemic but long before. Ban harmful sites such as TikTok.Time for irresponsible parents to be taught perils of these sites. Many ordinary young people who think they have found fame.15 minutes only of fame. Encouraged to become more outrageous.Then the trolls.Stop now.Think
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27/01/2021 17:45:21 7 2
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You're 20 years out of date with your generational stereotypes. The oldest Millennials have entered their 40s now, so its their teenaged children that this article is about.
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27/01/2021 17:43:34 8 0
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Interesting. While it's likely clear in the original study, your story, unfortunately, doesn't make it clear whether the researchers claim to have discovered causation or just correlation. I.e., does spending more time on social media lead to lower self esteem among teens, or do teens with lower self esteem simply choose to spend more time on social media?
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27/01/2021 19:47:35 2 0
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From what I recsll from my time looking at such things the risk factors and related drivers are such that both apply. However some will be more resistant to the negative aspects than others in both groups. As I recall it it depends on three things, their access to other forms of information and support, their access to effective real world role models and their general level of self efficacy.
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27/01/2021 17:32:15 8 0
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Only now reporting something we adults have been saying for years. Brainwashing of millennials via Social Media. Not just Pandemic but long before. Ban harmful sites such as TikTok.Time for irresponsible parents to be taught perils of these sites. Many ordinary young people who think they have found fame.15 minutes only of fame. Encouraged to become more outrageous.Then the trolls.Stop now.Think
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27/01/2021 17:45:21 7 2
bbc
You're 20 years out of date with your generational stereotypes. The oldest Millennials have entered their 40s now, so its their teenaged children that this article is about.
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27/01/2021 17:05:08 29 1
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I'm glad this didn't exist when I was young.
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27/01/2021 17:50:24 10 5
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In the early 1980s, teenagers (males, at least) who felt uncomfortable with or excluded from normal social interaction were on BBS systems with modems. Before that, they were in arcades. Before that, they were in pool halls.

Plus ça change...
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28/01/2021 13:49:21 1 0
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Arcades and pool halls are social interactions which require physical presence and is real..

Social media requires you to sit behind a small smartphone and invent yourself into whatever you want. is not real.

Very different things to compare and I would pick an Arcade/pool hall over posting selfies with an array of filters and pointless quotes anyday.
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27/01/2021 15:09:37 24 3
bbc
It isn't just a question of restricting, but guiding to make sure it is used responsibly
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27/01/2021 17:52:57 0 1
bbc
I agree, though something tells me that a large number of parents think social media is basically cat videos and the like
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Dan
27/01/2021 17:55:44 3 6
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But once all the dissenting voices have been silenced and only a hard left echo chamber of disinformation is left there will be harmony.
That is why we need global government to crush all national, cultural and religious identity and corporate fake news media to indoctrinate us into their plan for the greater good so that there can be peace on Earth.
Only total enslavement will set us free.
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27/01/2021 21:02:52 1 1
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You blame the hard left - does this mean "dear" departed Donald was a leftie, or have you got bored trying to catch the goats around your bridge again?
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27/01/2021 15:59:05 13 1
bbc
I'd go as far as to say it should be illegal for anyone under 13 to have social media, have phones restricted to basic phone and messaging function for kids, and even under 16 there should be restrictions on social media.

Kids have no idea how what they post now will come back to haunt them in 10 years time. Posting on social media is not like talking, and my generation didn't understand that.
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27/01/2021 17:58:23 2 1
bbc
It would be unenforceable, same as many other 'crimes", texting whilst driving, drinking underage and so on, just banning/making something illegal won't solve the problem
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28/01/2021 13:39:21 0 0
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No but it's a good place to start, and as with underage drinking (texting whilst driving doesn't exactly apply to kids), it is the parent's responsibility and they bear consequences if they're found not being responsible.

Same with porn etc.

Your argument suggests there's no purpose to anything being illegal.
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27/01/2021 16:49:25 4 5
bbc
Well, with schools and universities closed, and teenagers not able to see friends in person, is it really any surprise that they are spending lot's of time on social media?

Get them all back to school now, not some time in March!
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27/01/2021 17:59:54 8 0
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This was an issue long before then
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27/01/2021 18:01:43 6 0
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Christ.Einstein has come back from the dead to state the obvious??
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27/01/2021 19:40:26 4 0
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Sadly It would seem a lot of articles in the past year seem to be stating the obvious!
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27/01/2021 18:15:38 10 1
bbc
Twitter is the worst culprit. An ideological hate mob if you step out of line and dare to express an alternative opinion.
Sad we can't just have a nice, reasoned, intelligent discussion.
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27/01/2021 19:41:06 7 0
bbc
Wouldnt touch Twitter with a bargepole as the saying goes. Its the home of fascists who call themselves liberals from what I can gather from outside; they arent grownups, most seem to have so many inadequacies that I wonder if they can function in the real world. Most worrying thing though is that policians and academia seem to listen to them. BBC shouldnt be allowed to quote them - as adverts.
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27/01/2021 18:22:56 5 2
bbc
Social media damages teenagers' mental health, report says.

-------

Easiest way is to ban anyone under 18 tears old from accessing content on Social Media and The WWW.

The internet was never envisioned for childrens use but exceptions can be made for parential supervision and online education facilities.

The young need education guidance but most of all protection.
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27/01/2021 18:28:43 13 0
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Social media damages teenagers' mental health, report says.

It is all the televisions fault, the medias fault, the broadcasters fault , the whatever elses fault; all at the distancing of parent guardian etc responsibility (who are too actively engaged in their own online social media worlds to bother {till its sadly "Too late".}).
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27/01/2021 18:28:46 7 1
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A good start would be for the media, such as the BBC, to stop referring to it as "social media". A more accurate term would be "UNsocial media".
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27/01/2021 18:29:02 11 3
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Social Media itself isn't the problem (that's akin to saying writing letters are bad), the problem is the relentless desire for popularity/fame that seems to plague the younger generation's use of it.
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27/01/2021 22:42:13 2 0
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Very true but the problem is that it is sensible. Mere fame can make you rich with zero talent or ability. It is not rational to slave away, work hard, and get nothing much while the system enables these 'fame' types to have any money for it. Very hard to regulate, control, the mechanism. Taking the easy routes, like much business does.
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27/01/2021 16:30:13 1 3
bbc
It is an usolved marvel of recent history: From around 2008 there was a sudden, global, massive drop in juvenile crime, drinking, drug-taking and underage pregnancies. The graphs all fell off a cliff, everywhere. Liberal and Conservative societies.

Whatever could it have been?
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27/01/2021 18:32:10 3 1
bbc
Care to post your sources of this "data" for scrutiny?
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27/01/2021 19:05:46 6 4
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Social media damage the kids? For God sake look what it did to the millions of Americans to support the trump lies. Please don’t blame the kids. Blame the adults
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Leo
27/01/2021 19:07:12 5 2
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Internet is great for teens! In my time they were wandering outside, breaking glass, fighting, throwing stones, hooliganism etc. Now all hooligans are online and the streets are safe for older and for intelligent people which is great! Internet is great to keep crowds busy, you even don't need gladiator fight as it was in the times of Romans. Hopefully virtual reality comes soon!
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28/01/2021 04:40:24 2 0
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You seem to be blithely unaware of knife, and even gun crime in this group.

County lines are run by older teens and the youngest are the willing workforce, drawn by the lure of easy money.

Streets are mainly empty because of lockdown, but I'd warrant that relatively speaking, there are more hooligans on the prowl now than in your day - you forget that social meeja is now portable
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27/01/2021 19:31:24 6 1
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100 percent, without a doubt it does.
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27/01/2021 19:34:51 7 1
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What a shock, I recall writing a report 20yrs ago about this risk and why and how it would occur. Same report identified risks of radicalisation, conspiracy and fake news. Internet is fine for intelligent, mature and well balanced individuals anyone else........
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27/01/2021 18:01:43 6 0
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Christ.Einstein has come back from the dead to state the obvious??
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27/01/2021 19:40:26 4 0
bbc
Sadly It would seem a lot of articles in the past year seem to be stating the obvious!
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27/01/2021 18:15:38 10 1
bbc
Twitter is the worst culprit. An ideological hate mob if you step out of line and dare to express an alternative opinion.
Sad we can't just have a nice, reasoned, intelligent discussion.
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27/01/2021 19:41:06 7 0
bbc
Wouldnt touch Twitter with a bargepole as the saying goes. Its the home of fascists who call themselves liberals from what I can gather from outside; they arent grownups, most seem to have so many inadequacies that I wonder if they can function in the real world. Most worrying thing though is that policians and academia seem to listen to them. BBC shouldnt be allowed to quote them - as adverts.
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27/01/2021 19:44:55 2 6
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Isn't HYS a type of social media? Oh the irony ??
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27/01/2021 19:50:28 4 2
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Yes it is, and you only have to look at some of the posts here..... Ok if you can recognise the bots, those paid to post and the trolls but could be very depressing for innocents who stumble on to it.
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27/01/2021 19:46:40 1 13
bbc
RUBBISH ARTICLE AND RUBBISH CLAIMS

I LOVE TIKTOK

TO HELL WITH THE BBC
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Jim
27/01/2021 19:47:26 15 0
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We have young people comparing their complex lives to Instagram jet set, whose lives are funded by making you jealous of them so you buy whatever ad is next

Others dont realise that social media only shows the highs & never the lows

But most worryingly, many naive young ladies might believe that these trips to Dubai are funded solely by instagram posts, & not be aware of the funders expectations
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Jim
27/01/2021 20:00:03 5 0
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Lives funded by DubaiPortaPotties is horrid thought. Fair enough if thats how you want to live your life (as long as animals/kids aren't hurt) but far too easy for the naive to get dragged in

Similarly, Instagram is full of lots of identikit posts - people copy each other and are losing what was originally good about Instagram. Gone are people selling their own home made goods, now all aliexpress
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27/01/2021 17:43:34 8 0
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Interesting. While it's likely clear in the original study, your story, unfortunately, doesn't make it clear whether the researchers claim to have discovered causation or just correlation. I.e., does spending more time on social media lead to lower self esteem among teens, or do teens with lower self esteem simply choose to spend more time on social media?
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27/01/2021 19:47:35 2 0
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From what I recsll from my time looking at such things the risk factors and related drivers are such that both apply. However some will be more resistant to the negative aspects than others in both groups. As I recall it it depends on three things, their access to other forms of information and support, their access to effective real world role models and their general level of self efficacy.
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27/01/2021 19:49:02 0 15
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......................A...A..A...A...A...And

...............................................mental health can have a damaging influence on social media.
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27/01/2021 19:51:09 0 14
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It's a vicious circuit.
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27/01/2021 19:44:55 2 6
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Isn't HYS a type of social media? Oh the irony ??
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27/01/2021 19:50:28 4 2
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Yes it is, and you only have to look at some of the posts here..... Ok if you can recognise the bots, those paid to post and the trolls but could be very depressing for innocents who stumble on to it.
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27/01/2021 19:49:02 0 15
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......................A...A..A...A...A...And

...............................................mental health can have a damaging influence on social media.
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27/01/2021 19:51:09 0 14
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It's a vicious circuit.
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Jim
27/01/2021 19:47:26 15 0
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We have young people comparing their complex lives to Instagram jet set, whose lives are funded by making you jealous of them so you buy whatever ad is next

Others dont realise that social media only shows the highs & never the lows

But most worryingly, many naive young ladies might believe that these trips to Dubai are funded solely by instagram posts, & not be aware of the funders expectations
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Jim
27/01/2021 20:00:03 5 0
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Lives funded by DubaiPortaPotties is horrid thought. Fair enough if thats how you want to live your life (as long as animals/kids aren't hurt) but far too easy for the naive to get dragged in

Similarly, Instagram is full of lots of identikit posts - people copy each other and are losing what was originally good about Instagram. Gone are people selling their own home made goods, now all aliexpress
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27/01/2021 16:41:00 23 1
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Delete your social media's and you live a happier life you don't need it.
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27/01/2021 20:16:43 6 0
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100% agree!

Deleted them all 4 years ago!
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28/01/2021 08:41:57 1 2
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But choose to still socialise / criticise / comment on BBC HYS.
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27/01/2021 20:57:04 3 0
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Not to worry the way social media is going be nobody on it except the permanently offended offended by another lot of permanently offended.

No great loss then.
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Dan
27/01/2021 17:55:44 3 6
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But once all the dissenting voices have been silenced and only a hard left echo chamber of disinformation is left there will be harmony.
That is why we need global government to crush all national, cultural and religious identity and corporate fake news media to indoctrinate us into their plan for the greater good so that there can be peace on Earth.
Only total enslavement will set us free.
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27/01/2021 21:02:52 1 1
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You blame the hard left - does this mean "dear" departed Donald was a leftie, or have you got bored trying to catch the goats around your bridge again?
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27/01/2021 16:13:58 14 1
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unregulated and un-moderated social media is a cancer. Our young people have enough challenges in life presently and could well do without having to be exposed to online trolls, bullies and nasty people. It is sickening how faceless greedy companies and weak govenments have let down our young children. Mental health issues are only going to increase to record levels, unless all SM is moderated.
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27/01/2021 21:06:23 3 2
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"could well do without having to be exposed to online trolls, bullies and nasty people."

Given the user name, the irony is strong in this one...
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28/01/2021 04:46:18 0 0
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"Given the user name, the irony is strong in this one..."

Thanks for that, made me laugh!
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27/01/2021 16:09:07 7 0
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While you are probably technically correct, a discussion thread is very different to a social media app that has been developed in a way to show you content and responses that will get your attention/interaction. No matter how damaging they are. (Instagram - showing you more suicide related images. YouTube - related conspiracy theories).
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27/01/2021 21:09:16 0 0
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And there are no conspiracy theories on here, then?

To quote a once well-known tennis player: "You cannot be serious!"
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27/01/2021 21:13:50 8 0
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This phenomenon affects boys and girls differently. So why is it being discussed as a 'gender' difference? After all the BBC thinks there are hundreds of different genders. It's sex, not gender.
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27/01/2021 21:16:40 1 7
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It is amusing how many people moaning about how bad social media is sound just like my parents did, and indeed still do, complaining about this "Hooligan Music" as my dad puts it...

There will always be something that a lot of kids do, that their elders think is a waste of time!

Right, I'm off now to check up on some of my workmates from before I retired, on Facebook.
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27/01/2021 21:27:35 3 1
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A lot depends on the self-esteem of the parents.
People with low-self esteem are more critical, thereby spreading low self-esteem to others.
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27/01/2021 21:37:10 10 1
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Parents who are addicted to social media and don't communicate with their children leave them at the mercy of the bane of modern life i.e. the mindless, brain-dead race known as "influencers." It is time to switch off the phone and TALK to your children!
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27/01/2021 21:37:12 17 0
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As usual not a single mention of parental responsibility

This is the single most important issue for teenager well being. So why not say so ?
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27/01/2021 21:45:18 7 2
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we all know what it is like to be a teenager - glad i didn't have a mobile phone. they should make it that you have to be 19 to have a phone; 25 to drive; the world would be a better place.
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27/01/2021 21:50:14 3 3
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The BBC always states the obvious. Teenagers a generation of disappointment
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27/01/2021 15:16:16 33 2
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Social media has fundamentally destroyed we interact with each other and, ironically, made us a lot less socially-able.

It's created echo chambers and narrowed down interactions to very small groups that don't interact with others.

It allows people to simply block out the people they disagree with, or effectively delete a person from their lives without even talking to each other.

It's evil.
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27/01/2021 22:06:47 1 0
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There is a very good video called "Look Up" with a poem recital. This covers exactly what you are saying.
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27/01/2021 22:22:31 3 0
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this news?
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27/01/2021 22:33:57 8 2
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Indulgent garbage. More of the made up nonsense of pretend mental health. Otherwise know as life.

Parents can remove the stupid phones, ban their use if their darling is worried. This is just the same old pandering to the stupidity of letting teenagers pretend they have a youf culture.

Exercise is easy kick them out of the house to walk.

More growing up less bad attitudes, pop music, etc.
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27/01/2021 18:29:02 11 3
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Social Media itself isn't the problem (that's akin to saying writing letters are bad), the problem is the relentless desire for popularity/fame that seems to plague the younger generation's use of it.
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27/01/2021 22:42:13 2 0
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Very true but the problem is that it is sensible. Mere fame can make you rich with zero talent or ability. It is not rational to slave away, work hard, and get nothing much while the system enables these 'fame' types to have any money for it. Very hard to regulate, control, the mechanism. Taking the easy routes, like much business does.
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27/01/2021 23:34:20 4 0
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I think that the Social Media needs to have tiered categories.
Kiddies, under 16's, Schools, Hobbies, Games, and other categories that people are actively free to select or deselect.
Easier to regulate, detect fake news, and the de-based. A complex project as such.
Rule of thumb used to be: that 80% on the Internet content was not useful, adverse or worse; and 20% absolutely amazing treasure.
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28/01/2021 00:05:23 2 1
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In my day it was 'reefer madness' that was 'reported' to be the biggest threat to youth mental health.
Perhaps it's the mind set of those organisations 'with a distinctive Christian character' that need to change!
e.g. Emmanuel College and The Prince's Trust mentioned in this 'slanted' piece.
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28/01/2021 00:20:09 3 6
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When young people are locked in then their only way of keeping in touch with their peers is social media, its a blooming lifeline, who does this research, luddites? Computer games cause violence was the last big scare they warned of. (I am a 51 year old father of a teenager with aspergers) For goodness sakes move with the times will you. Pop music rots the brain....
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28/01/2021 00:58:26 5 1
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Does this not get filed under no sh** sherlock
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Leo
27/01/2021 19:07:12 5 2
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Internet is great for teens! In my time they were wandering outside, breaking glass, fighting, throwing stones, hooliganism etc. Now all hooligans are online and the streets are safe for older and for intelligent people which is great! Internet is great to keep crowds busy, you even don't need gladiator fight as it was in the times of Romans. Hopefully virtual reality comes soon!
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28/01/2021 04:40:24 2 0
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You seem to be blithely unaware of knife, and even gun crime in this group.

County lines are run by older teens and the youngest are the willing workforce, drawn by the lure of easy money.

Streets are mainly empty because of lockdown, but I'd warrant that relatively speaking, there are more hooligans on the prowl now than in your day - you forget that social meeja is now portable
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27/01/2021 21:06:23 3 2
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"could well do without having to be exposed to online trolls, bullies and nasty people."

Given the user name, the irony is strong in this one...
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28/01/2021 04:46:18 0 0
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"Given the user name, the irony is strong in this one..."

Thanks for that, made me laugh!
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28/01/2021 06:40:32 3 0
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Social media is a tool. Used correctly it can link people together, prevent loneliness and provide much needed support and fellowship. It can be grounding, calming and good for mental health. But kids and adults too need to be taught how to use it correctly, how to protect themselves from the negative side and how to make it a positive.
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28/01/2021 06:56:20 4 0
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I'm constantly having to prove to my son things he's seen on YouTube, tiktok etc are fake. Also that getting rich by social media isn't actually that easy and it's a lot more involved than 5/6 hours a week! As well as a lot of....well, lies.
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28/01/2021 08:01:08 3 1
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could it be that Social Media in many cases is just Electronic Bullying ???
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28/01/2021 08:33:22 6 1
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Shock horror who would have thought it. Its not just teens either its bad for humanity.
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27/01/2021 15:09:37 24 3
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It isn't just a question of restricting, but guiding to make sure it is used responsibly
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28/01/2021 08:34:07 0 0
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Ha ha have you ever tried to guide a teenager as a parent?
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27/01/2021 20:16:43 6 0
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100% agree!

Deleted them all 4 years ago!
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28/01/2021 08:41:57 1 2
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But choose to still socialise / criticise / comment on BBC HYS.
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28/01/2021 08:58:19 3 0
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I wouldn't really call forums like these 'Social Media'. You have no ID that can be searched for direct messaging or friend requests.

Thank God.
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28/01/2021 08:55:19 7 0
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Parents stunned as study finds them wholly responsible for their children.
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28/01/2021 08:57:51 2 0
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Both social media, mainstream media and celebraties reporting damages mental health. All these pictures of people on holiday at a time we cannot go on holiday. Celebraties should be helping people stay at home not showing them what they are missing.
We all need to support each other and be kind.
Think about all the hardworking NHS staff.
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28/01/2021 08:41:57 1 2
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But choose to still socialise / criticise / comment on BBC HYS.
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28/01/2021 08:58:19 3 0
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I wouldn't really call forums like these 'Social Media'. You have no ID that can be searched for direct messaging or friend requests.

Thank God.
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27/01/2021 17:07:24 39 1
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This is what happens when parents allow their children to be brought up by their telephones and not their parents, a huge mistake. Its really shocking to see kids and adults a like, constantly on their phones argggghhhh
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28/01/2021 09:46:31 5 0
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Strongly agree.

I remember a story about a primary school where parents collecting their children were so busy staring at their own phones that they weren't paying attention to their children, walking blindly into the roads/busy school traffic, tripping over pets and other people's children etc.

Can hardly blame children when the people they're meant to be able to look up to are even worse!
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27/01/2021 15:07:07 47 3
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So now it's time for parents to do their part, restrict the amount of time your kids spend on social media, if you don't you are failing in your responsibility as a parent.
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28/01/2021 09:59:52 1 0
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I feel like it's an information and education issue rather than a parenting issue. As long as kids are told "Look, no one ever posts bad stuff to SocMed, but all the rubbish stuff that happens to everyone still happens to them." in regards to the bombardment of posts showing how amazing someone's life is.
Also liberal use of the unfollow button.