Democrats and Republicans Agree: Kids are Addicted to Social Media and Government Can Help

Democrats and Republicans Agree: Kids are Addicted to Social Media and Government Can Help


A recent polling memo presents research findings that highlight the concerns of parents, especially moms, regarding social media and artificial intelligence (AI) addiction in children. The research shows that both conservatives and progressives are worried about the negative effects of social media and AI on children’s physical and emotional well-being.

The survey reveals that a significant number of young people, as well as mothers, know someone who has been harmed social media. This alarming statistic has sparked bipartisan concern.

Both Republicans and Democrats agree that children’s addiction to social media hinders their ability to interact face-to-face and think independently. Additionally, one-third of Americans report having difficulty discerning truth from falsehood on social media platforms, a problem that is especially worrying given the importance of truth during these times.

The survey also found that Americans are concerned about the unintended consequences of AI and believe that action should be taken promptly to regulate it. Surprisingly, a majority of the public thinks that the government should address the potential impact of social media and AI.

The author argues that while government regulation is often viewed negatively, there is support for responsible federal oversight and protection in the realm of artificial intelligence. Framing the issue as establishing a government review process similar to the regulation of potentially addictive FDA medicines seems to be effective.

Ultimately, the goal is not for the government to co-parent, but to ensure responsible behavior social media and AI platforms. Parents are exhausted the constant battle to protect their children from the negative effects of social media addiction, which they compare to a virus that drains happiness.

In response to these concerns, Congress has taken steps to address the issue passing two bipartisan bills that enhance online privacy protections for children and require social media companies to design their platforms with better protections.

It is clear that families feel powerless against the addictive algorithms and warped reality of social media and AI. The public is demanding action, and it seems that moms, in particular, are leading the charge.

The author concludes emphasizing the significance of parental voices and their role in shaping policy decisions.