Smartphones have destroyed a generation!

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As the thread title says and the actual title asks, "iGen" teens use of smartphones, is affecting them in very negative ways.

It is probably fair to say that the rest of are not unaffected but hopefully not to the extent mentioned in the article, but we can surely recognise some of the "symptoms" described.

So what about kids you know, your own, or those in your extended family? Is it indeed a global problem? How affected are other generations by them?


https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2017/09/has-the-smartphone-destroyed-a-generation/534198/

(Long read!)
 


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If I had a smartphone & the internet when I was a teenager, I'd have failed the leaving cert & gone blind.
 

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It's real Sic and very very worrying. Good piece you've linked. We discussed some of this on the thread below.

http://www.politics.ie/forum/justice/257890-parents-sentenced-assaulting-daughter-over-nude-social-media-posts-13.html

The inactivily (due to teens spending hours glued online) is a factor in obesity, the porn images easily available are warping developing minds, the pressure exerted by the use of social media, having to conform etc is putting a huge strain on teens. We're seeing steep rises in mental health problems among the younger generations, anorexia, anxiety.

Take the phones off them, be a parent not a best buddy. Set limits and enforce them.
 
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As the thread title says and the actual title asks, "iGen" teens use of smartphones, is affecting them in very negative ways.

It is probably fair to say that the rest of are not unaffected but hopefully not to the extent mentioned in the article, but we can surely recognise some of the "symptoms" described.

So what about kids you know, your own, or those in your extended family? Is it indeed a global problem? How affected are other generations by them?


https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2017/09/has-the-smartphone-destroyed-a-generation/534198/

(Long read!)
Well, look at that. Another stick to beat this "lazy" generation with.

So if we do not allow 12 year olds to vote, surely there is the implication that perhaps they cannot be considered too responsible in a democratic society.

Parents "parenting" by sitting their children in front of an iPad.

A "global" problem? Any parent who buys their child, emphasis on the child, a mobile phone is a fool. Numerous studies imply that smartphone usage is even more detrimental than video games. Cases of teenagers using online betting and a whole host of other activities far beyond their years.

Parenting is becoming a lost art, it seems.
 

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Future generations will look back at us and wonder WTF we were doing presenting kids with devices that give them unfettered access to all sorts of porn.
 

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Going through the article now and so far it's saying kids are less likely to go out alone less likely to do things their parents disapprove or, less teenage drivers, less sex. As a parent of rapidly growing kids i'm kinda ok with these things...

Haven't got to the "making them unhappy" detail though which i'll wager is the real issue - alienation, low self esteem, vulnerability to bullying 24/7...
 

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Future generations will look back at us and wonder WTF we were doing presenting kids with devices that give them unfettered access to all sorts of porn.

The word 'no' seems to have been removed from the lexicon of parenting.
 

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The wireless has ruined a generation,
Jazz has ruined a generation,
Rock and roll .......
Disco....
Video games........
Internet.....

Now smartphones?
 

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Future generations will look back at us and wonder WTF we were doing presenting kids with devices that give them unfettered access to all sorts of porn.
At some point we will merge with machines in a great evolutionary leap.

From that point our existence will be completely different from the biological existence we experience today.
 

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If I had a smartphone & the internet when I was a teenager, I'd have failed the leaving cert & gone blind.
From the bright screen is it?
 

Mick Mac

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The wireless has ruined a generation,
Jazz has ruined a generation,
Rock and roll .......
Disco....
Video games........
Internet.....

Now smartphones?
It's more that you get lost in a smartphone
 

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[video=youtube;okhQtoQFG5s]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=okhQtoQFG5s[/video]
 

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Young people use phones to the detriment of their social life, it is not sociable to sit at a table with real people and text on the phone constantly. Skills such as vocabulary, reading body language, discussion an debate, to name a few are lost.

A woman aged around 25, who was doing a Masters and UCC, volunteered with me, she was on her phone constantly even when she was spoken to about it. She was let go eventually and during the conversation to let her go - was on her phone.

Its it phone or is it social media that causes this unnatural attraction to none face relationships.
 

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Not just children loads of phone zombies around these days people just cant put the things down.
 

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It's real Sic and very very worrying. Good piece you've linked. We discussed some of this on the thread below.

http://www.politics.ie/forum/justice/257890-parents-sentenced-assaulting-daughter-over-nude-social-media-posts-13.html

The inactivily due to teens spending hours glued online a factor in obesity, the porn images easily available and warping developing minds, the pressure exerted by the use of social media, having to conform etc. We're seeing steep rises in mental health problems among the younger generations.

Take the phones off them, be a parent not a best buddy. Set limits and enforce them.
Not surprised you're concerned. Nor with the shrill rhetoric you're using to express it.
 


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