Guidelines for Smart Sanitation Technology

Online Platforms & Mental Health

In recent years, there has been growing concern regarding the unintended mental health impact of online platforms and whether they might be driving a public health crisis, especially among children and teens.

In a paper published by the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at Harvard University, Maria Carnovale, Senior Policy Advisor at Katametron, and Samuel Ramirez overview the emerging evidence that spending too much time on digital platforms — like gaming sites, online pornography sites, and social media — can be associated with negative mental health effects such as depression and social anxiety. The paper outlines the measures that have been taken to address the mental health impact of these technologies and suggests an incentive-based policy mechanism to address it.