Check out this e-mail I received recently:
The point, between the lines. Kiddo isn’t in a great place, inside his head.
I get a fair amount of these kind of messages that basically repeat screen addiction that kids feel like they can’t control, along with a sense of worthlessness, bad financial situations, no social life, all the bad bits.
It’s really a massive issue. We say ‘screen addiction’ but that’s really porn addiction, plus displacement of actual friends by video games and social media, the dopamine highs from “likes”, overexposure to ridiculous ideas about wealth and success and physical appearance. Trolling, Internet hate, endless stupid Youtube videos, fake news, echo chambers of ideas in forums.
Kids brains are still developing in their 20’s. And where we’re wired to have guides, elders, wise ones, all that’s been replaced by the toxic well of corporate interests and all the “social media influencer” bullshit.
And myopia. When you tear yourself away from the screen, YOU CAN’T EVEN SEE.
It’s the perfect storm of all the odds against our future generation.
I’d love for us to wrap the endmyopia converation into a larger idea of getting away from screens. Those things can be great if you know how to control them, but at this point in our evolution with technology it’s an entirely unchecked force.