"We need to be wary of the 'Fredric Wertham effect,' named after the psychiatrist in New York whose shoddy research inspired a moral panic over youths' media preferences in the 1950s. His book, Seduction of the Innocent, was condensed in Reader's Digest under the headline "Comic Books - Blueprints for Delinquency." Eventually, after congressional hearings and dozens of local bans, the comic book scare was debunked for researchers and journalists have kept repeating his mistake. They rushed to conclude that youths are being corrupted by new scourges like television, rock music, rap, video games - and now social media, which is being blamed for the supposed afflictions of Facebook depression and Instagram envy."
The Power of Bad