U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy said Sunday he believes 13-year-olds should not be using social media platforms.
Murthy said that at 13 years old, children are still “developing their identity,” adding to an increasing amount of evidence that social media is inherently harmful for adolescents, CNN reported. Meta (Facebook), Twitter and a wealth of other platforms currently allow young teenagers to join their platforms.
“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,” Murthy said on a segment of “CNN Newsroom.”
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Murthy suggested parents can potentially keep their children off social media by presenting a united front against the platforms, CNN continued.
“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,” he said. (RELATED: Is This Instagram Influencer The Greatest Social Climber Of All Time?)
A growing body of evidence suggests the influence of social media plays a significant role in the peer influences causing teenagers to undergo irreversible sex changes before their bodies and minds are developed. Popular platform TikTok is filled with videos promoting double mastectomies on teenage girls, colloquially described as “top surgeries.”