Smartphones may be behind “skyrocketing” rates of teen depression and suicide, psychologist Jean M. Twenge argues in a terrifying new Atlantic essay (“Have Smartphones Destroyed A Generation?” adapted from her forthcoming book, iGen).
Phones have “changed every aspect of teenagers’ lives,” she says; the effects are intensely isolating and juvenilizing, leading not just to more time at home alone using devices and obsessively curating online profiles but less dating, sex, driving, socializing, and generally just doing things. Teens who spend more time than average on screens are more likely to feel lonely, get less sleep, and feel unhappy, Twenge writes. Kids who spend more time on “nonscreen activities” are more likely to be happy.
The post Cyber-bullying is known to be on the rise, with 34 per cent of students saying they’d experienced it when questioned in 2015. Last year a survey of teachers found 40% had seen a huge rise in this type of victimisation. One dad previously spoke of the devastating impact “baiting” had on his teenage daughter. She was named in a YouTube video which saw the presenter ask young people in a shopping centre to identify anyone they thought was sexually promiscuous. The accusation was baseless, but caused her to be brutally bullied. In 2016, Childline ran 12,000 counselling sessions with young people who wanted to discuss online issues. appeared first on Parent Security Online.