Sunday, August 06, 2017

Are smart phones destroying the ability of teens to build their own social capital?

Here’s an interesting and rather disturbing long article in The  Atlantic by Jean M. Twenge, “Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?” 

The writer makes an interesting point about teen independence.  In the physical world, they don’t learn to do things by themselves as soon.

It’s also interesting that she says they have less sex – that sounds like a good thing at first, reducing teen pregnancy –  and learn to drive later – again that sounds like a safety improvement (back in the 60s some people wanted to hold drivers’ licenses until 21 – and in those days girls had dorm curfews) – but they also date less.  That could feed into the population demographics argument, and the questions about learning to provide for others. 

Here's another provocative pice, by Julia Zauzmer in the Washington Post, "Is poverty due to bad effort, or to circumstances?" with the sub-text, "Christians are more than twice as likely to blame difficulties on laziness".  I remember hearing debates between pre-millennialists and post-millennialists on my car radio when living in Texas in the 1980s.  

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