Opinion: Education is the key to solving Facebook and Instagram problems
Re “Facebook knows it hurts millions of people. But Mark Zuckerberg doesn’t care. (September 24): OK, Mark Zuckerberg is a monster and Instagram creates bad environments for some kids.
Unlike the other societal and environmental issues cited by Chris Reed that have been mitigated by the enactment of laws and programs and their enforcement, good luck in solving this problem. I’m not saying there isn’t a problem, I just haven’t read any practical fixes.
Most of the “images that make (teenagers) feel unattractive and mediocre” come from their friends. Other images can be seen in almost all other media sources.
The few affected families who could successfully sue Facebook won’t move the needle and the Facebook / Instagram shutdown just won’t happen. Unlike cigarettes, pollution and social injustice, Facebook / Instagram benefits a substantial number of people, businesses and organizations.
Perhaps a solution, as passive as it sounds to me, would be a compulsory education campaign similar to the warnings the cigarette industry has been forced to give for decades.
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