The Anxious Generation by Jonathan Haidt – a pocket full of poison

“An urgent and persuasive warning about the toll of ‘phone-based childhoods’”

This article by Sophie McBain has been published in The Guardian. It begins:

“At the start of the 2010s, rates of teenage mental illness took a sharp upward turn, and they have been rising ever since. Among US college students, diagnoses of depression and anxiety more than doubled between 2010 and 2018. More worrying still, in the decade to 2020 the number of emergency room visits for self-harm rose by 188% among teenage girls in the US and 48% among boys. The suicide rate for younger adolescents also increased, by 167% among girls and 91% among boys. A similar trend has been observed in the UK and many other western countries. The American social psychologist Jonathan Haidt believes this mental health crisis has been driven by the mass adoption of smartphones, along with the advent of social media and addictive online gaming. He calls it ‘the Great Rewiring of Childhood’. …”

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