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US Surgeon General says age 13 is too young for social media




United States Surgeon General Vivek Murthy says the age of thirteen is too young for children to be on social media platforms because children that young are still “developing their identity.” Fascinating, as progressive liberals are advocating for gender identity studies and even medical sex changes for children of all ages.

In an interview with “CNN Newsroom” Murthy said, “I, personally, based on the data I’ve seen, believe that 13 is too early … It’s a time where it’s really important for us to be thoughtful about what’s going into how they think about their own self-worth and their relationships and the skewed and often distorted environment of social media often does a disservice to many of those children.”

CNN reports, “The number of teenagers on social media has sparked alarm among medical professionals, who point to a growing body of research about the harm such platforms can cause adolescents.”

“If parents can band together and say you know, as a group, we’re not going to allow our kids to use social media until 16 or 17 or 18 or whatever age they choose, that’s a much more effective strategy in making sure your kids don’t get exposed to harm early,” Murthy added.

A study published this month in JAMA Pediatrics, demonstrates how social media literally changes the brain chemistry. Students who checked social media more regularly displayed greater neural sensitivity in certain parts of their brains, making their brains more sensitive to social consequences over time.

Psychiatrist Dr. Adriana Stacey works primarily with teenagers and college students, and told CNN using social media releases a “dopamine dump” in the brain.

“When we do things that are addictive like use cocaine or use smartphones, our brains release a lot of dopamine at once. It tells our brains to keep using that,” she said. “For teenagers in particular, this part of their brain is actually hyperactive compared to adults. They can’t get motivated to do anything else.”

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