Thiết bị Coddling Plus? Thảm họa đối với con em chúng ta

trong “Thế hệ lo lắng”, Jonathan Haidt nói rằng chúng ta khiến trẻ em thất vọng - và có lập trường kiên quyết chống lại công nghệ

Imagine that your 10-year-old daughter gets chosen to join the first human settlement on Mars. She’s ready to blast off but needs your permission (cho phép).

You learn that the billionaire architect of the mission hasn’t considered the risks posed by the red planet’s toxic environment, including kids developing “deformities in their skeletons, hearts, eyes and brains.”

Instead, we hem and haw about the risks, failing to keep our kids safely grounded in nondigital reality (căn cứ an toàn vào thực tế phi kỹ thuật số). The result can no longer be ignored: deformities of the brain (dị tật của não) and heart — anxiety, depression, suicidality — plaguing our youth.

Haidt, a social psychologist, is a man on a mission to correct this collective failure. His first step is to convince us that youth are experiencing a “tidal wave” of suffering. In a single chapter and with a dozen carefully curated graphs, he depicts increases in mental illness and distress beginning around 2012. Young adolescent girls are hit hardest, but boys are in pain, too, as are older teens.

Still, Haidt is a digital absolutist, skeptical that healthy relationships (mối quan hệ lành mạnh) between youth and social media are possible. On this point, he even rebuffs the U.S. Surgeon General’s more measured position. We’re better off banning phones in schools altogether, he asserts. Because, as he quotes a middle school principal (hiệu trưởng trường trung học cơ sở), schools without phone bans are like a “zombie apocalypse” with “all these kids in the hallways not talking to each other.”

Whether or not you agree with the zombie apocalypse (tận thế) diagnosis, it’s worth considering the failure of prior absolutist stances. Nancy Reagan’s Just Say No drug campaign? A public health case study in what not to do. During the AIDS crisis, fear mongering and abstinence demands didn’t prevent unsafe sex. Remember the pandemic? Telling Americans to wear masks at all times undermined public health (suy yếu sức khỏe cộng đồng) officials’ ability to convince them to wear masks when it really mattered (thực sự quan trọng).

source: nytimes,

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