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Social Media, Adolescent Depression, and Blueberry Extract: The Connection

Last week, on a very early morning (I endeavor to get up at 5:00am, not always successful), and with my first cup of tea I came across an article from the  US Surgeon General, Dr Vivek Murthy, calling upon the Congress to require warning labels on social media platforms.

In fact, Dr. Murthy insisted that social media be treated like tobacco and alcohol, as harmful to our body and mind; and the necessity to highlight their potential harm to children's mental health.

Social media is now equated with the harm of tobacco and alcohol - and especially for young people. 

CNN, a New York Times op-ed, and various other news outlet reported Dr. Murthy’s strong verdict on social media as a major factor in the mental health crisis among adolescents.

Riehm et al.  (2019 study) reported the link between three hours plus of daily social media use with a doubled risk of adolescent anxiety and depression—teens average 4.8 hours per day. He argues that previous research findings show that warning labels can raise awareness and influence parental behavior.

The NY Times op-ed comes after Dr. Murthy’s May 2023 advisory recommending limits on social media use, with phone-free schools and restricting access until after middle school.

As of now there are around 12 states that have tried to limit young people time on social media, although some states are fighting it in court.

Depression in young adolescents is an important topic we will focus on in the next couple of emails. There are many beautiful research projects on blueberries and blueberry extract as healing agents for depression and anxiety for adolescents. 

Take a look at three research articles below, they are worth reading! 

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  • Fisk, J., Khalid, S., Reynolds, S. A., & Williams, C. M. (2020). Effect of 4 weeks daily wild blueberry supplementation on symptoms of depression in adolescents. British Journal of Nutrition, 124(2), 181-188. Article
  • Goldman, D. (June 17, 2024). Surgeon general demands warning label on social media apps. CNN. Article
  • Khalid, S., Barfoot, K. L., May, G., Lamport, D. J., Reynolds, S. A., & Williams, C. M. (2017). Effects of acute blueberry flavonoids on mood in children and young adults. Nutrients, 9(2), 158. Article
  •  Murthy, V. (June 17, 2024). Surgeon General: Why I’m Calling for a Warning label on Social Media Platforms. The New York Times, Opinion, Guest Essay. Article
  •  Riehm, K. E., Feder, K. A., Tormohlen, K. N., Crum, R. M., Young, A. S., Green, K. M., ... & Mojtabai, R. (2019). Associations between time spent using social media and internalizing and externalizing problems among US youth. JAMA psychiatry, 76(12), 1266-1273. Article


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My Research: Peace

Globe_Home 3On women in leadership positions: Do improved women’s descriptive representation in legislative branches and women’s participation in civil society decrease the intensity of civil conflicts? Is the impact of women’s presence in legislative branches on the conflict intensity magnified by women’s participation in civil society, and vice versa? In this study, we aim to expand the constructivist argument that equal gender roles in politics and civil society can bring about less intensive internal armed conflicts. Relying on time-series cross-national data on 151 countries from 1960 to 2016, we demonstrate that the increases in women’s descriptive representation in parliaments and women’s participation in civil society tend to decrease the predicted civil conflict intensity. In addition, we demonstrate that the deterrent effect of women’s descriptive representation is magnified by women’s participation in civil society and vice versa. These findings remain consistent in alternative model specifications with additional women-related control variables. 

Woo, B. D., & Nam, H. (2024). Women and Peace Theory and Civil Conflict Intensity. SAGE Open, 14(2), 21582440241245315.

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