This recent study reports on something that anyone with a teenager ought to read.
It’s odd for me to be sounding the alarm bells about social media, following my optimistic book on the subject. (Hey, that was 4 years ago!)
Jean M. Twenge, writing in The Atlantic sounds a dire warning to parents. It’s worth a read. She says that there’s “compelling evidence that the devices we’ve placed in young people’s hands are… making them seriously unhappy. “
Seriously unhappy? Coming from a researcher that must mean a lot. She says:
“The arrival of the smartphone has radically changed every aspect of teenagers’ lives.”
She refers to changes in their social interactions, and also, their mental health.