The mayor of New York has warned residents about the negative influence of social media.
Social media offers a plethora of content ranging from major events, trends, conspiracy theories, history, geography, science, culture, and more. While it has become a powerful tool for entertainment, career growth, and easy access to information, it also poses a significant threat to society.
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The rise of hate speech, fake news, and FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) has made social media a terrifying trap. Despite its usefulness, some argue that social media unequivocally harms human health. New York City Mayor Eric Adams supports this viewpoint.
Social media: "An environmental toxin"
On Wednesday, 24 January, the mayor of New York City gave a speech warning people about the frightening effects of social media on their health. He bluntly called it "a public health hazard" before adding that apps such as Facebook, YouTube and TikTok are "fuelling a mental health crisis by designing their platforms with addictive and dangerous features".
US Chief Medical Officer Vivek Murthy first warned about the dangers of excessive social media use in 2023. He particularly emphasised the negative impact of unlimited online presence on children and young people.
"Our children have become unknowing participants in a decades-long experiment," Murthy said last year. "And while there is more we have to learn about the full impact of social media use on their health and well-being, we know enough now to take action and protect our kids."
New York launches campaign against social media
The mayor of New York has expressed concern about the potential dangers of excessive social media use. In a statement issued by city authorities, Mayor Eric Adams likened the warnings to those about smoking cigarettes. The recommendation emphasised that the mental well-being of young New Yorkers has been declining for over a decade.