"I know that we’ve already pointed to a whole bunch of studies, using a variety
of different methods that all show no evidence of any link at all between
social media and teen depression, but it’s time to highlight another one.
I mean, we just interviewed Professor Andy Przybylski, who published a study
showing no evidence that Facebook and Facebook Messenger increase depression.
That one comes four years after another study by him that showed no evidence
that social media was making kids unhappy. In between then there have been a
bunch of other studies. By 2020, the academic consensus appeared to be that
social media wasn’t actually bad for kids. More recently, the American
Psychological Association did a meta analysis of all the studies on this topic
and said there was no evidence of a harmful link between social media and teen
depression. Pew Research did a study showing that most kids found social media
to be tremendously beneficial.
Even the Surgeon General’s recent report on social media — which has been
widely reported by the media to say that social media was bad for kids —
actually admitted that studies could find no link between mental health
problems and social media. It still recommended acting as if there was a link
just in case, but that seemed at odds with what the report admitted the science
Anyway, now we have yet another study on this subject, looking specifically at
children in Norway, where (yet again) they can find no link between social
media and depression. You can read the whole study if you’d like the details."
*** Xanni ***
Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics