Contains: This article discusses a new study that suggests frequent use of social media by children and young people could be linked to harmful behaviors such as drinking, taking drugs, smoking, and gambling. It also mentions that exposure to alcohol advertising on social media platforms has the strongest evidence of harm. The study looked at data from 73 studies conducted between 1997 and 2022, involving 1.4 million teenagers. The analysis found that daily social media use was associated with increased likelihoods of alcohol use, drug use, smoking, risky sexual behaviors, anti-social behavior, and gambling. The researchers note that further research is needed to fully understand the effects and establish causality.

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