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03/17/2023 – Issue 496

Mar 17, 2023 | Fifteen on Friday

This week’s highlights:  Smartphones and mental health

Photo by Sean Kelley on Unsplash

Happy Friday! –

Whether you are coming or going, I hope you have a great weekend!  

Since the last one was such a hit, Here’s one more for fun – what happens when you ask an AI art generator to create portraits of every American president ‘as professional wrestlers.’



Topic of the Week

  • After Babel – Why the Mental Health of Liberal Girls Sank First and Fastest   When will we parents stop acting like giving smartphones to our kids is somehow a neutral decision?  When will we start holding ourselves and the tech complex accountable to the destruction being wrecked upon our children?  

    “We are now 11 years into the largest epidemic of adolescent mental illness ever recorded.  The evidence is abundant that social media is a major cause of the epidemic, and perhaps the major cause….”that liberal teen girls are by far the most likely to report that they spend five or more hours a day on social media”
  • Point above continued….NYTimes – YouTube Made Emma Chamberlain a Star. Now She’s Leaving it Behind.  The pressure expressed here is so unbelievable… “Feeling out of control in my identity has caused psychological harm. It’s caused severe perfectionism. Everything I do, I must be perfect. I must treat everyone perfectly.” 
  • WSJ – College Should Be More Like Prison. The inmates I teach are serious, disciplined, hard-working students, eager to engage with ideas.
  • Texas Monthly – Inside the Bro-tastic Party Mansions Upending a Historic Austin Community. They have swimming pools, dozens of beds, and at least one stripper pole in a backyard school bus (you read that right). Locals say they’re turning a vulnerable community into a “theme park” for hard-partying tourists.
  • WSJ – It’s Snowing in Los Angeles Backyards, for the Right Price.   I’m sure these folks are equally concerned about water conservation…”Man-made powder is transforming palm-flanked backyards into ‘Frozen’-themed tableaus”

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