Depression, Anxiety, etc.
- “The number of teenage girls in the US who have been admitted to the hospital because of cutting or harming themselves was pretty stable until 2010-2011. But then after that it starts going way up. Increase in 62% in older teen girls, and up 189% in pre-teen girls” ~ Stats from U.S. Hospital Admissions for Non-Fatal Self Harm, quote from Jonathan Haidt in the Netflix Documentary The Social Dilemma
- +70% increase in older female teen (15-19) suicides, and 151% increase in younger female teens. CDC Stats
Facebook and Teenagers:
Here’s how Facebook’s internal documents and presentations put it: “We [Instagram] make body image issues worse for one in three teen girls,” and “Teens blame Instagram for increases in the rate of anxiety and depression. This reaction was unprompted and consistent across all groups.” Internal studies showed that, among teens who reported suicidal thoughts, 13% of British users and 6% of American users traced the desire to kill themselves to Instagram.
So Facebook’s leaders knew their service was harming people yet refused to publicly acknowledge it or do much about it. Clearly, the health of teenagers does not concern those who run that company
From: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/sep/18/facebook-instagram-zuckerberg-teenagers (Opinion piece from a reliable, but somewhat left-leaning news agency; see Outward class)
Plugins for Restrict
- Improve YouTube Plugin – Disable video recommendations, comments, and tons more
- Kill the [Facebook] Newsfeed – Disable the Facebook newsfeed on your laptop; stop getting sucked into the scroll vortex
- BlockSite or Freedom – block specific apps/websites at specific times, to help your self control
Here are Amazon Kindle links for some books I mentioned or recommend about the topic, though if you have a Library Card, you can often find and read them for free.
- Digital Minimalism: https://www.amazon.ca/Digital-Minimalism-Choosing-Focused-Noisy-ebook/dp/B07DBRBP7G
- How to Break up With Your Phone: https://www.amazon.ca/How-Break-Up-Your-Phone/dp/039958112X
- The Social Dilemma: https://www.thesocialdilemma.com/
- Why I (Josh) Left Social Media: https://joshmuller.ca/posts/social-media-dtr/
- Your Brain on Porn: https://www.amazon.ca/Your-Brain-Porn-Pornography-Addiction/dp/099316160X/