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Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?

Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?  ◇  ~5,000 words  ◇  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.

Once, she [Athena, a 13-year-old] told me, she was hanging out with a friend who was texting her boyfriend. “I was trying to talk to her about my family, and what was going on, and she was like, ‘Uh-huh, yeah, whatever.’ So I took her phone out of her hands and I threw it at my wall.”

Jean M. Twenge  ※  The Atlantic  ※  theatlantic.com  ※  September 2017 issue

Parents Who Pay to Be Watched

Parents Who Pay to Be Watched ◇ ~4,600 words ◇ Armed with Nest Cams and 24/7 surveillance, one company promises to fix even the most dysfunctional child — for a price.

The best quote is not even from the article but from ‘bananarama’, a commenter: “That was….an amazingly disturbing read. Jesus…American parenting is a mess.” – Steve

Kim Brooks  ※  The CUT  ※  thecut.com  ※  August 22, 2017

 

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