March 30, 2024 – American kids are experiencing an unprecedented mental health crisis that is driven, in large part, by how much of their day is spent online. The numbers are horrifying: rates of anxiety and depression among young people have risen by 50%.Today, suicide is the second-leading cause of death for children ages 10-14 years old. Not only do a whopping 95% of teens use social media, but Pew Research Center found that a third of them report using it “almost constantly.” 

These platforms expose them to excessive violence, extremism, bullying and impossible beauty standards that lay the groundwork for depression, anxiety, eating disorders and, yes, even suicidal ideation. 

Clearly, profits are more important to social media companies than our kids’ well-being.