Should Social Media Carry Health Warnings?

Should Social Media Carry Health Warnings? The social media juggernaut Facebook has reportedly acknowledged, albeit perhaps reluctantly, that engagement with its platform may potentially affect cognition or emotional wellbeing.

Faced with mounting international research revealing harmful side-effects, including addiction and depression, some social media groups have arguably acted as tobacco companies once did when they were confronted with claims about addiction and cancer. They have shrugged off the criticism with the notion that the evidence is inconclusive.

Now, in Facebook's case, a former executive has robustly touted the dangers. The company has offered a novel response. It says that while there is potential for unhealthy effects, the answer is yet more engagement online. 

To overcome any potential negative effects, it suggests, one must spend even more time engaging on its platform, particularly with good friends, exchanging positive messages. 

In the opinion of this writer, such a... click here to read the full editorial
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Mal Fletcher is a respected social commentator and social futurist who has been a media commentator and presenter for more than 25 years. He is often called upon for expert views on social issues for TV, radio, the press and web media in various parts of the world.

As a social futurist, he and the 2020Plus research team track major social shifts. Mal writes, lectures and broadcasts about their likely future impact on business, organisations and the wider society. 

Mal Fletcher's work features on BBC Breakfast TV, Sky News, BBC World News, BBC Radio (e.g. Radio 5Live & regional stations), ABC Australia and many other media and press outlets in various parts of the world.

His work has featured in such publications as the Sydney Morning Herald, Melbourne Age, Guardian Online, Sunday Times (Ireland) and more. His social comment editorials are regularly reproduced in several online news and discussion magazines.

Selected samples from Mal's TV (mainly BBC) work are available here, here and here. Radio interviews are available here. Other videos are available here. (More samples below.)
Mal Fletcher's latest book, Fascinating Times is a social commentary. It takes a sharp-eyed look at some of the major social issues of our time and their likely impact on the future of how we live.
 

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Major areas of expertise include:

  • Emerging and future technologies 
  • Sociocultural ethics and values 
  • PESTLE (Political, Economic Socio-cultural, Technological, Legal and Environmental Analysis) 
  • Social media 
  • Generational change 
  • Civic leadership 
  • Innovation

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- Stephen Austin, ABC Radio 

 

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