Angela Lashbrook’s article “Is Your Phone Killing You? The Answer’s Unclear” in The New York Times features Dr. Dennis-Tiwary, who responds with skepticism to a recent article that stated phone time may be threatening our long-term health by raising levels of the stress-related hormone, cortisol. “A lot of this work can be taken out of context, because a lot of it uses very extreme examples of either chronic stress exposure or extreme phone addiction,” says Dr. Dennis-Tiwary. She also states she found the study important, but that the results are correlative, not causal. “It could be that these are kids who are going around not being able to regulate their drives and their impulses as well, and they’re the types who get sucked into cellphone use and social media use,” she says.
Dr. Dennis-Tiwary also brings up social media use in a video by Complex, explaining teenagers experience dissonance between who they are and who they feel they have to appear to be through social media. The video highlights social media, drug use, and mental health in the hip hop industry.