Facebook is the new Philip Morris!

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Note the position of surgeon general’s warning

I fail to understand your argument that you will only need to target people not companies is fundamentally flawed. Your premise is that self-regulation is the only effective way and society cannot do anything to put pressure on the companies to mend their ways is questionable.

If a society is serious about social media addiction as a problem, you will need to target your interventions at people, AND at curbing the companies producing and spreading and hooking people to their contents.

Sadly neither you nor I know what will work beyond that warnings are useless unless accompanied by additional measures. Make accessing Facebook/Twitter/Snapchat expensive after a fixed period of browsing, tax heavily: say you are allowed x amounts of free hour of browsing Facebook no matter who or how you pay for your Internet access. Who knows what will work?

Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Environmental Health at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. Also in: https://refind.com/arinbasu

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