TikTok sets a new default screen-time limit for teen users

NPR reports on recent news from tech giant TikTok, which announced a one-hour daily limit for app users younger than 18: 

“The changes are meant to help teens limit their screen time and be more intentional about how much of their day they spend on TikTok, the company said on Wednesday.

‘We believe digital experiences should bring joy and play a positive role in how people express themselves, discover ideas, and connect,’ said Cormac Keenan, TikTok’s head of trust and safety.

The explosion of social media in the past two decades has contributed to a mental health crisis among young people, experts say. Depression rates are surging, and a third of teen girls reported considering suicide in 2021. Research also has shown that limiting screen time can make young people feel better about themselves.

TikTok users under 18 will now automatically have a 60-minute daily screen time limit. They can continue using the app if they enter a passcode, but the company says that forces users to ‘make an active decision to extend that time.’”

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