Op-ed: Social media — our great public health crisis

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  • JSB Sugar City, ID
    May 31, 2018 6:28 p.m.

    I have observed (and research supports it) that children who are raised in a farming environment seem to be much less likely to get involved in the social media problems their classmates are involved in. Even if they have just a lamb or goat or chickens on a relatively small lot, there is something about that connection with farm animals that helps them be more rational. We should change our zoning ordinances so that people with children who want them to have the advantages of raising farm animals can have that experience.

  • Green Chille Albuquerque, NM
    May 31, 2018 11:29 a.m.

    The oft-critized FLDS have hard-working children that are not enslaved by social media. There is value in traditional upbringing. Child labor laws are much more evil than child labor.

  • HSTucker Salt Lake City, UT
    May 31, 2018 10:53 a.m.

    That it is apparently "overly speculative" to discuss social media from a Gospel perspective illustrates the Deseret News' worldly bias. You might want to remember who pays the bills.

  • NeifyT Salt Lake City, UT
    May 30, 2018 3:22 p.m.

    Surely the "Cause and effect" that this article purports; that social media is the cause of the increase in anxiety and depression is NOT scientific.

    First off the premise that 2010 was when smart phones became common is not very accurate at all. The first iPhone was released in 2007... it was an instant hit and became the status quo for nearly everyone; long before 2010. And there were plenty other smart phones in the market as well; though the iPhone pivoted Apple from being a wannabe big shot to actually being a big shot in the tech world.

    Facebook was released in 2004; and MySpace (its predecessor) was well in full swing too; and extremely popular long before 2010.

    If the increase in anxiety and depression didn't start before 2010... social media and smart phones are not to blame. At least not fully. I admit that there is some data that suggests that there is a correlation; but correlation does not equal causation.

  • Seldom Seen Smith Orcutt, CA
    May 30, 2018 10:48 a.m.

    May I suggest, The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains, by Nicholas Carr.

    "When you are everywhere, you are nowhere."

  • sam1 Washington, UT
    May 29, 2018 9:19 p.m.

    Excellent. As a recently retired public school teacher at the secondary level I couldn't agree more. It was a daily battle with the students even though there were district and school policies regarding the use of cell phones. Parents please help reign in this flood. Technology is great when used for the right purpose, but the unchecked use of social media, video games, and all the rest is literally "killing" our kids in so many ways. May heaven help the parents with this enormous challenge.

  • Husker2 Apache Junction, AZ
    May 29, 2018 7:46 p.m.

    Parents have the power to solve this "crisis". Do your kids a favor and unplug them, or at least put restrictions on their internet and social media use.

    What happens when this generation that is so addicted to social media has children of their own??

  • cmsense Kaysville, UT
    May 29, 2018 6:14 p.m.

    I'm glad I grew up through my awkward years without social media flaming any fires of self doubt, inferiority or low self esteem. Lots of fabulous people go through an awkward phase or a time of finding themselves. Social media is not your friend during such times. I can imagine how a lack of likes or rejected friend requests could make those who are vulnerable among us feel even more worthless or depressed. The more info that comes out, the more this seems to be true.

  • mccab003 Lakeville, MN
    May 29, 2018 5:53 p.m.

    Re: Oh, Please! - St. George, Utah

    Spot on!

    Friends of ours raised their kids on a dairy farm and endured their children’s complaining about how much work it was until the kids reached their late teens and started looking for work outside the home. The whining stopped as soon as the kids discovered that all they had to do was tell a prospective employer about being raised on a farm and the next thing they heard was “when can you start?”

  • Mainly Me Werribee, 00
    May 29, 2018 5:49 p.m.

    @Oh, please!
    Couldn't have said it better.

    Social media is an absolute waste of time. What happened to chatting with your neighbor over the back fence?

  • Oh, please! Saint George, UT
    May 29, 2018 2:38 p.m.

    Please add video games to the social crises in-put list, along with a dearth in quality parenting. Too many parents hand over electronics to keep their children of all ages quiet, with little thought to the consequences, and then act surprised when there is a tragic outcome.
    We should take a look at the kids who grow up on a farm or have to help run the small family business (which the big box stores have mostly driven out of business). I'm one of those children. We wouldn't have had the time to waste on this trash.

    Parents, keep your children busy with things that matter.