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【SDGsで学ぶ英語】Warning: Social media could harm mental health of youth 未成年のSNS利用、メンタルヘルスに 「深刻な影響」

更新日 2023.07.11

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 米国の公衆衛生政策を指揮する医務総監が、ソーシャルメディアと若者の心の健康に関する勧告書を公表しました。良い効果をもたらす可能性がある一方、特に少女に深刻な影響を及ぼす懸念を表明し、政治家やIT企業に対して安全基準の強化を求めました。(Asahi Weekly : Sunday, June 11, 2023)

朝日新聞社が発行する週刊英和新聞「Asahi Weekly」からSDGsに関連する記事を掲載しています。(一覧に戻る)

 Social media can profoundly harm the mental health of youth, particularly adolescent girls, the U.S. Surgeon General warned in an advisory on May 23, and he called for safeguards from tech companies for children who are at critical stages of brain development.

 U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy said that while social media offers some benefits, there are "ample indicators that social media could also harm children's well-being."

 "We are in the middle of a national youth mental health crisis, and I am concerned that social media is an important driver of that crisis — one that we must urgently address," Murthy said.

 Social media use may cause and perpetuate body image issues, affect eating behaviors and sleep quality, and lead to social comparison and low self-esteem, especially among adolescent girls, the advisory said, citing responses from a survey conducted among adolescents.

 Adolescents who spend more than three hours per day on social media face double the risk of experiencing poor mental health outcomes, such as symptoms of depression and anxiety, according to the advisory.

 Most adolescents say social media helps them feel more accepted, more supported during tough times, more connected to their friends and more creative, the advisory also said.

 It said policymakers should strengthen safety standards in ways that enhance those benefits for children of all ages, while noting that inappropriate and harmful content continues to be easily and widely accessible to children.

 Tech companies should adhere to age limits to control access to social media platforms and be transparent about data regarding the impact of their products on children, the advisory urges. (Reuters)


  • profoundly    大いに
  • adolescent    思春期の
  • Surgeon General (米)医務総監
  • advisory      勧告書
  • safeguard(s)    安全対策
  • critical      重大な、決定的な
  • ample indicator(s) 十分な指標
  • well-being    健康、幸福
  • driver       けん引役
  • urgently address 早急に取り組む
  • perpetuate    ~を永続させる
  • body…issue(s)  身体への不満
  • social… self-esteem 他者との比較、自尊心の低下
  • depression    うつ状態
  • adhere to     ~を忠実に守る

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