Social media is not a source of peril, Sen. Josh Hawley, it’s a powerful tool

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In a recent essay, Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley warns about the pitfalls of social media, describing it as an “addictive digital drug” that is “a source of peril” for our society. He theorizes that social media causes shorter attention spans, quicker tempers, depression, and even suicide (while admitting that researchers can’t show such effects). He states that social media might be “best understood as a parasite on productive investment, on meaningful relationships, on a healthy society.”

Sen. Hawley sounds like someone who looks at a rose garden but sees only weeds and thorns.

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