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By Miriam Diller, Crisis Magazine, April 28, 2022
Miriam Diller is a Catholic school teacher, linguist, repentant sinner, and co-editor of Gaudium Magazine.
It seems the newest generation of adults is finally catching on: social media is bad for you. In the past fifteen years, we’ve seen Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram, and TikTok all experience their heyday; they are all still massively popular, and TikTok is currently in the lead. Yet, as large numbers of adults limit their social media time, screen time has risen among a particular demographic: children. We may be starting to leave social media behind, but children are just getting on it.
Social media is how many children spent their at-home pandemic time; forced into isolation, they had nowhere else to turn. These statistics tell part of the story: in 2020, TikTok’s annual revenue multiplied fivefold; its U.S. users doubled. Now, more than a quarter of global users are under 18, and more are female than male. …