Sen. Hwang, CT Senate back bill aimed at strengthening online protections

May 12, 2023

State Sen. Tony Hwang, R-Fairfield, said that while social media has enabled people to stay in better communications with friends and family, others are becoming more isolated in an unreal world of expectations, bullying and privacy invasion.

“We’ve been able to cater content to allow people to enjoy what they want to watch, when they want to watch it and be able to kind of share your experience with many others in the world,” Hwang said. “That has created a much more connected society. The impact is profound. But there’s a dark side to all of this because we have seen research that just came out that those individuals that spend an inordinate amount of time engaging on social media are multiple times higher in susceptibility to depression, to mental health challenges. What we have also seen is an unrealistic portrait of imagery, of self-esteem considerations.”