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Monday 15th July - 07:20 PM BST

Screens aren't causing a mental health epidemic

The reality behind social media and mental health

In the past year alone, alarm has been raised about social media and screens causing terrible harm to children. Meta has been sued by 41 U.S. states for deliberately designing algorithms to cause addictive behaviour in children.

But the evidence behind this fear is shaky at best and misleading at worst argues award-winning psychologist Christopher Ferguson. There's little evidence that the UK or Europe is experiencing any particular rise in teen suicide and rising mental health problems in children can be explained by a myriad of other factors.

Timetable:

17:20 BST - Katharine Birbalsingh on Meaning in Life The Lounge

18:00 BST - The Great Rewiring of Our Lives arena

19:20 BST - Screens aren't causing a mental health epidemic arena

Christopher Ferguson

Award-winning Psychologist

Christopher Ferguson is a psychologist and professor at Stetson University Florida. In 2013 he was awarded a Distinguished Early Career Professional Award from the American Psychological Association.  

Ferguson strongly disputes the link between video games and violent behaviour as well as social media and mental health problems.

Join Christopher Ferguson as he argues there's little evidence that the UK or Europe is experiencing any particular rise in teen suicide and rising mental health problems in children can be explained by a myriad of other factors.

Join him afterwards for a live Q&A.