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.
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.
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.
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.
May I suggest, The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains, by
Nicholas Carr."When you are everywhere, you are nowhere."
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.
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??
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.
Re: Oh, Please! - St. George, UtahSpot 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
@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?
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.