Top-down Harm Reduction for Social Media

The impact of social media on mental health, especially that of young people, is front page news right now. The research is getting stronger that social media usually isn’t very good for us. But the conversation often ends there without discussing what to do about it.

I recently wrote a piece for Public Health Post with Boston University School of Public Health on ways we can make social media safer as a product. We can’t simply tell people to get off social media, because they won’t. So let’s use what we know works: harm reduction.

For many reasons, there is no simple fix to “the social media problem.”  [But t]he good news is that there are ways to make social media less harmful before it even reaches the user.

Read the whole piece here! Research was supported by Arnold Ventures.

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