Republican Governor Moves To Ban Social Media?

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( – Utah Gov. Spencer Cox (R) during an interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press” spoke to the dangers that social media could pose, especially in how it could accelerate the mental health issues of American youth.

The interview was aired on Sunday and in it Cox argued that mental health issues faced by young people were the “issue of our time.” During the joint interview with Colorado Gov. Jared Polis (D), Cox argued that social media was responsible for the increase in mental health issues, including self-harm, anxiety, and depression among youth. As he pointed out the rates of anxiety, depression as well as suicide, and self-harm have been increasing rapidly.

He added that it was also clear that this increase occurred at the same time as cell phones and social media became widely available everywhere. As he noted the numbers currently were very troubling and they needed to take control of the situation.

In August the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released data that showed that Suicides had hit a record high in the United States during the last year. Earlier this year U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy similarly issued an advisory warning that social media could harm the mental health of young people.

Cox has argued that social media companies needed to be held accountable over this and stated that he had clearly seen the impact these platforms had on young people through his children.

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