Will Teens Be Banned from Social Media? A Texas Lawmaker Is Trying
How would you feel if social media was restricted to adults only?
Earlier this week, Jared Patterson, the Republican State Representative for District 106, said he’s got big plans for next year’s legislative session. The Frisco, Texas Republican announced on Twitter that he plans to file a bill that would ban social media use for all Texas minors, according to the Dallas Observer. Patterson wants the minimum age of 13 for social media use raised to 18, the age when teens become legal adults.
Not everyone agreed with him, as a response from the Libertarian Party showed:
Texas GOP Bans
Lawmakers passed legislation last year aimed at preventing suspected online censorship against conservatives, but the U.S. Supreme Court blocked the law earlier this year. They’ve also banned abortion, created a banned book list, and are working to ban family-friendly drag shows.
The Texas GOP also refused a booth representing Log Cabin Republicans (a group for LGBTQ Republicans) last month at the state convention, causing an online debate about the treatment of gay conservatives, according to Newsweek.
2022 Teen Smartphone Statistics
A Pew Research Center survey from 2022 shows that 95% of teenagers have access to a smartphone. Research also found that teens tend to spend more than four hours on social media each day, and 56% of American teenagers say if they don't have their smartphone it causes negative emotions.
In addition, 60% of teens surveyed would rather spend time online with friends than in real life. In one of the most disturbing statistics, 45% of American children aged 10–12 have a smartphone, according to information from Nationwide Children’s Hospital.
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