An Important Read on Smartphones and Young People

Posted by: Roxanne Carr

To the parents, grandparents, teachers, coaches and all the people who mentor and work with our young people, this is an important read and reminder for all of us:

Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?

https://www.theatlantic.com/amp/article/534198/

“…the effect of screen activities is unmistakable: The more time teens spend looking at screens, the more likely they are to report symptoms of depression.” 

If you are looking for only one or two quotes, here are a couple of my favorites:

"Adolescence is a key time for developing social skills; as teens spend less time with their friends face-to-face, they have fewer opportunities to practice them. In the next decade, we may see more adults who know just the right emoji for a situation, but not the right facial expression.”

“If you were going to give advice for a happy adolescence based on this survey, it would be straightforward: Put down the phone, turn off the laptop, and do something—anything—that does not involve a screen.” 

I am curious to hear your thoughts about what are some ideas that we can collectively do as a community to help our young people…