Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?

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Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?

Postby Tom Nolette » Fri Aug 04, 2017 5:11 am

Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?
More comfortable online than out partying, post-Millennials are safer, physically, than adolescents have ever been. But they’re on the brink of a mental-health crisis.

... Around 2012, I noticed abrupt shifts in teen behaviors and emotional states. The gentle slopes of the line graphs became steep mountains and sheer cliffs, and many of the distinctive characteristics of the Millennial generation began to disappear. In all my analyses of generational data—some reaching back to the 1930s—I had never seen anything like it.

At first I presumed these might be blips, but the trends persisted, across several years and a series of national surveys. The changes weren’t just in degree, but in kind. The biggest difference between the Millennials and their predecessors was in how they viewed the world; teens today differ from the Millennials not just in their views but in how they spend their time. The experiences they have every day are radically different from those of the generation that came of age just a few years before them.

What happened in 2012 to cause such dramatic shifts in behavior? It was after the Great Recession, which officially lasted from 2007 to 2009 and had a starker effect on Millennials trying to find a place in a sputtering economy. But it was exactly the moment when the proportion of Americans who owned a smartphone surpassed 50 percent.

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/ar ... on/534198/
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Re: Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?

Postby Tom Nolette » Fri Aug 04, 2017 6:10 am

received this response from above post: to tom@mbr.org

All by design IMO....makes me thing of product manager that 60 min had on from Google that was suggesting the algorithms are designed to hook people in. They are engineering phones to make us use and rely on them more. Not to mention the way these devices polarize knowledge because that we see as individuals because what we seen is custom tailored to what we've seen.


and this:
"Someone who is bored is asleep, and someone who is asleep will never say no."

You tube video of 2011: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=68JLWyPxt7g
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Re: Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?

Postby Mike Tomlin » Fri Aug 04, 2017 12:28 pm

I am eternally grateful that I grew up without them.
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Re: Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?

Postby mainejeff » Fri Aug 04, 2017 2:47 pm

The Republican Party & Fox News sure hate them! Sucks when you can't control "the facts". ;)

No wonder 90% of Fox News audience is over 60. :roll:
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Re: Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?

Postby hawksfan » Fri Aug 04, 2017 7:16 pm

mainejeff wrote:The Republican Party & Fox News sure hate them! Sucks when you can't control "the facts". ;)

No wonder 90% of Fox News audience is over 60. :roll:


Nope...didn't make it MJ...still months without a politically cogent point....keep tryin', it's gonna happen someday...
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Re: Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?

Postby hawksfan » Fri Aug 04, 2017 7:22 pm

Mike Tomlin wrote:I am eternally grateful that I grew up without them.


Agreed....100%...

Can't tell ya how many times I've seen young parents grocery shopping with toddlers in tow, one hand on the basket, the other with that damned devise, completely ignoring the little one(s)....
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Re: Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?

Postby Mike Tomlin » Fri Aug 04, 2017 8:32 pm

hawksfan wrote:
Mike Tomlin wrote:I am eternally grateful that I grew up without them.


Agreed....100%...

Can't tell ya how many times I've seen young parents grocery shopping with toddlers in tow, one hand on the basket, the other with that damned devise, completely ignoring the little one(s)....


My mom had one hand on the basket and a Virginia Slim in the other, I don't think that technology has ruined parenting yet. I think that one really unfortunate consequence of smartphones on kids is having an electronic leash that ties them to their parents 24/7. How do you become independent in that environment?

And you've also got constant access to all the horrible stuff that kids have always done to each other. Plus you have to worry about every dumb youthful mistake ending up online. I did some incredibly stupid things when I was young that I regretted, I can't imagine having to see them on FB in the morning when I woke up with a hangover.
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