MPs called on the UK government to urgently initiate a comprehensive study.
The MPs believe that the addiction to social networks should be viewed “as a disease, form of mental disorders.”
This opinion, as reported Monday by the Guardian, they stated in the report prepared by the inter-party parliamentary group on social networks, mental health and well-being of youth, with the assistance of the charitable organization the Royal society of health.
According to the conclusions of authors of the document, there are good reasons to say that social networks such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, which are competing for that users spent more time on their platforms can have a “devastating impact” on children. “It is critical that we protect young people to ensure their health and safety during use of the global information network,” – noted the authors of the report.
They called on the UK government to urgently initiate a comprehensive study to determine whether to recognize the dependence of social networks one of the medical ailments. According to the parliamentarians, we should introduce a new tax for social networks in the amount of 0.5% of their profits to Finance specialized studies, preparation of educational projects and manuals for the public.
Concerns about the impact of social networks on mental health of children, as reminds the edition, has increased significantly in recent years, especially after the campaign of the parents of 14-year-old Molly Russell, who committed suicide in 2017. Her father said that Instagram “helped kill” his daughter, what made this social network to deny on its website the placement of graphic images of self-harm (self-harm), emphasizes The Guardian.
Earlier, the world health organization (who) has included a video game addiction into a new, eleventh edition of the International classification of diseases (ICD-11). According to the who definition, gaming disorder is a pattern of behavior characterized by abnormal control of the game to such an extent that it is preferred to other interests and daily activities. This disorder can be diagnosed if the pattern of behavior entails a violation of personal, family, social and other fields and observed for at least 12 months.