Is Facebook bad for you? Better study says yes
> We had TV for several decades and it doesn't seem particularly associated with bad mental health.
Not sure about this, the television addicts I know are completely retarded
The political shift is interesting, and aligns with my suspicion that the algo is tuned (maybe accidentally, maybe not) to shift people left over time. That's based purely on observing people I know personally. Heavy FB users who started as vaguely liberal a decade ago have all gone woke. Reassuring to know that the brain damage is temporary.
My theory is that craziness is an infohazard for easy influenceable people and social media is just an channel for the mental illness acceptance that is part of wokeness. I had a girlfriend that unwillingly was mirroring the nervous tics and speech patterns of people we met. Now we see girls mirroring Tourette after watching TickTockers. There are also strong claims of social spreading of trans and non-binary identities.
One of the posts discussing this topic showed that social media has a correlation with bad mental health in the US, UK and Scandinavian countries, but not in less woke countries.
So I think that to blame is the message not the medium. On the other hand a message needs a medium to spread so supervising how your kids use internet and chat apps is a good idea.
Meh. The study is unblinded and as far as I can tell there's no active control, and as the researchers acknowledge, psychological interventions (which are all about as good as one another, since there's an expectancy/mere treatment effect) have about 3-4x the effect of the FB intervention.