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"If loneliness is a virus, excessive screentime is like running a temperature. We must address the underlying causes of loneliness, which include access to mental health treatment, discrimination, financial precarity and numerous other societal and structural barriers to forming relationships and spending time with others. Let’s not blame the fever for the virus, else we risk vastly oversimplifying the complex causes of loneliness while also overlooking the very real ways in which social media can, under the right conditions, be part of a balanced diet of social connection."

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