Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation??

The tyranny of the smartphone and all those lovely social media apps .. Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, WhatsApp, and I'm sure there are so many more that I don't even know about (this Gen X'er is out of the loop of what the cool kids are using these days..). 

I have often wondered what all this technology and remote connectivity is doing to me, to us.  I know that on several occasions I have considered getting off of social media altogether for one simple reason -- at times, it makes me feel bad, really bad!! Depressed, lonely, angry, isolated,  FOMO (the 'Fear Of Missing Out') - like I have some kind of constant state of emotional inflammation.  I can't even begin to imagine what my childhood and teen years would have been like had this kind of technology existed.

But I don't need to try to imagine this necessarily -- we have a whole generation of kids, teens, and young adults right in front of us, and from I can see in the therapy room, they too suffer the heavy burden of depression, isolation, a whole lot of FOMO, and then on top of all that, pernicious bullying.  

This is why this article really caught my attention. It's a lengthy article that talks about what the author coins the 'iGen' generation, and the impact technology and social media has had on this generation. They echo much of what I have thought and observed in my practice with clients, and highlight major generational shifts that have made our youngest generation less robust and more prone to depression, anxiety, loneliness and suicide.

 

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2017/09/has-the-smartphone-destroyed-a-generation/534198/

Albert Pignataro