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Media Health Effects is a free research tool for anyone interested in the scientific evidence behind the ways media, technology, youth, and health intersect. As of 2021, the database contains over 2,500 article citations, and new citations are continually being added. Media Health Effects is brought to you by the team at the Digital Wellness Lab at Boston Children’s Hospital.Digital Wellness Lab logo

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Viral Social Media Challenges

With the growth and pervasiveness of social media, there has been a corresponding rise in the rapid, viral spread of “challenges” on various platforms. In a typical challenge of this sort, a user demonstrates an unusual or risky behavior, often in a video. The sensational or dramatic nature of these posts then results in more

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New articles on misinformation and youth

The internet has rapidly come to dominate news and information distribution in the twenty-first century, reaching every segment of engaged society. Misinformation, disinformation, and similar false and misleading content are increasingly everpresent risks in this environment, whether the topic is healthcare, politics, or any number of other issues. The study and understanding of how young

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Media, youth, and body image

With social media’s effects on youth in the headlines, the slow decline in the pandemic lingering on, and mental health care needs for children on the rise, the interactions of media and body image have rarely been more relevant. From parents to policy-makers, solid, evidence-based information is vital for understanding and addressing these complex effects.

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