Psychologist Blames THIS for Rise of Transgenderism?!


( – As has been speculated for quite some time, and as millions of conservatives believe, smartphones and social media have stirred up many serious issues and problems for Generation Z, according to social psychologist Jonathan Haidt from NYU.

Haidt spoke to “Firing Line” with host Margaret Hoover about his new book, “The Anxious Generation: How the Great Rewiring of Childhood is Causing an Epidemic of Mental Illness.”

He explained that “the great rewiring” occurred between 2010 and 2015 when smartphones and social media changed the game for adolescents while stating:

“In 2010, adolescents had flip phones. They had no, most did not have high speed internet. Over the next five years, by 2015, most American teens have a smartphone with a front-facing camera, high speed internet. They have an Instagram account or other social media accounts, Snapchat, a bunch of other ones. And now, in 2015, it’s possible to spend almost every waking hour online, and many do. And so my argument in the book is that all of a sudden, boom, in the blink of an eye, childhood became about sitting down and looking at a screen, hour after hour, year after year. And that, I believe, is the major reason why rates of mental illness go skyrocketing around 2012, 2013.”

Haidt noted the harmful effects of social media, where individuals compete for attention, especially during puberty, when adolescents are most vulnerable to these influences.

Moreover, the psychologist emphasized the critical developmental phase during adolescence when young people need guidance to transition into adulthood; excessive screen time disrupts this process.

In addition, he underscored the rise of transgenderism as a social contagion influenced by online communities, where individuals seek validation and support for their experiences.

He also highlighted the shift in parenting styles, where children are overprotected in the real world but lack supervision in the digital world, hindering their development.

“And for human children, the best kind of play is a group, mixed age group, out in the neighborhood. They make their own games. They make their own rules. They enforce their own rules. That’s how you basically mature for a democratic society,” he added.

He underscored the need for parents to collaborate and establish guidelines for their children’s digital use, promoting healthier habits and boundaries.

Hoover acknowledged Haidt’s advocacy for reforms like delaying smartphone use, limiting social media access, creating phone-free school environments, and encouraging more unsupervised play for children.

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