Ocasio-Cortez: Social Media Are A Public Health Risk To Everybody

Rep. Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) in an interview with the Yahoo News’ “Skulldeggery”, said that she has given up Facebook and expressed great concerns about the negative effects of all social media platforms.

“I personally gave up Facebook, which was kind of a big deal because I started my campaign on Facebook and Facebook was my primary digital organizing tool for a very long time,” said Ocasio-Cortez.

Ocasio-Cortez acknowledged that many young Americans have stopped using Facebook, “I’m doing that as well,” she admitted.

But she said that she thinks, in general, “social media poses a public health risk to everybody.” She also said “there are amplified impacts for young people, particularly children under the age of 3 with screen time.”

As a person with a larger audience, but also just as an individual user of these platforms, she thought that social media have “a lot of effects on older people… it has effects on everybody: increased isolation, depression, anxiety, addiction, escapism.”

Click here to listen to her interview.