'FAKE' SUCCESS

Unfiltered social media harming young generation

Youths are getting hooked to watching their peers 'do better than them'

In Summary

• Government should make these apps remove features such as likes, filters, comments and rewards which supposedly gauge someone's popularity. 

• Social media is harming future generations and causing depression, anger and suicide.

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'DRUG': Social media sites
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The government should start regulating social media platforms.

Social media apps like Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook, TikTok among others are the cause of increased mental health issues, especially among the youth. These apps are designed to affect brain chemistry and get people hooked like a drug.

The government should make these apps remove features such as likes, filters, comments and rewards which supposedly gauge someone’s popularity. Young people are constantly comparing themselves with their peers who are presenting filtered, fake, illusory lives.

Social media is harming future generations and causing depression, anger and suicide. I urge the Ministry of ICT to take action on this issue to save our young generation.

 

Nairobi