Social Media vs Youth: The Psychology
Social media is one of the greatest innovations and tools that has come out of the human experience in decades. In fact, without it, I wouldn't be able to provide for my family and have the life that I have right now. Social media is not inherently an issue, the problem or the cause of poor psychology. However, it is when it's abused in multiple ways and on different platforms.
There have been a handful of wonderful case studies that will prove the following issues that we must tackle in order to preserve a healthy psychology on our future generations. There was a simpler time when I was kid where we would ride bikes, ring doorbells, call the house number, play army, and play sports in the backyards of neighbors.
I'm sure as heck not saying that it's the perfect scenario but it taught me how to deal with people face to face, taught me how to get along with kids, taught me to interact with adults, taught me how to make friends and conquer fears. I call it the "sandlot" generation.
Today you see elementary level children with iPhones and iPads. You see middle schoolers on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and WhatsApp. You see them skipping the encounters of the sandlot generation in exchange for something they are psychologically not ready for.
According to a 2017 case study, it said that government should control the types and amounts of media being produced through social media because the majority of the news is not valid (yes, fake news). Not in the President Trump way, but in the sense that people do not always register the fact that there are now millions, yes millions, of news sites trying to fight for your attention. That's where the term click bait comes from. So, exposing adolescents to this type of media trains their psychological mindset to trust things at face value rather than learning the necessary trait of research.
Further, according to studies done by the Journal of Advanced Research, it actually harms their mental health. They learn to regurgitate information that may or may not be true and they are exposed to CNN level news nearly 10 years earlier than previous generations. That's a decade of innocence, learning, and experience lost.
When 911 happened, I was in the classroom and told that my parents were going to take me home early, but I did not have the chance to open my phone and see the tragedy for myself until years later. I didn't see the death of thousands at the age of 11 or 12. However, school shootings happening nearly every week here in America exposes an issue, a mental and psychological issue.
Youth are being exposed to dangerous content, dangerous ideologies, and damaging issues every moment of the day. This doesn't even cover the mass psychological damage that social media has done to marriage, men, and women. These are our future generations and we are called to preserve them and guide them in truth.
Postmodernism and the false philosophies of the "self" are seeping into our children's minds and hearts. They are being exposed to the concept that there is no absolute truth, there is no meaning to anything and there is only what you make yourself to be. They are being exposed to the idea that gender defines them, that design has no meaning, that tolerance means compromise, that compromise means to love, that you can identify as anything and that God isn't God. Ephesians 5:11 “Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them.”
Our kids are being exposed to detrimental things that ARE (not just will) taking a toll on their mental health, their psychology and their ability to cope in this world. We must do better and must contain it before it grows to an extent that we can no longer help those who we are called to guide.
In a case study of 200 people, nearly 83% were exposed to things that the previous generation was not exposed to in the same decade. So, I will leave you with this
"Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it." - Proverbs 22:6