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Angela Finch

Haidt and Twenge contend that the consequese of social media and smartphones go beyond their effects on individual teenagers arguing that the smartphone brought about a planetary retiring of human interaction.
I agree that smartphones have an effect on how teenagers interact because us being humans are meant to have person on person interaction this is wa way we thrive. However our smartphones as well can help us keep in touch and up with those that are hard to have in person relationships with. With this being said Haidt and Twenges idea of reducing the extent of reliance of theses devices can help avoid long term mental health consequences that come from depriving ourselves from human interaction.

Angela finch

I agree wtith Haidt and Twenges’s theory that girls are particularly vulnerable to the negative mental health consequences of social media use because an extensive review of the published research on social media and mental health revealed that teens who consume a lot of social media hub words helped out comes then individual teens who consume little particularly for girls the reasoning behind this is because smart phones and social media doesn’t affect just individuals but groups this reasoning strongly opinionated by the theory of girls and young women feeling more pressure to compare and despair caused by scrolling through posts from all people of all nationalities posting their perfection pictures that have been altered to look more of tea perfect illusion than realistic reality.

Vyctur Lamb

I agree With Haidt and Twenges veiw on the theory as far as teenage interaction.Because of the pendemic alot of teenagers have turned to socail media.That can be very harmful for long periods of time because they have nothing real to compaire it to.Friendship has changed forever because of the internet.They no loner see there friends in real life.One way to help with the teenage mindlessness that comes with the internet is to invent a app where parents can control what the teenagers see.I only say that because parents are legal gaurdains untill they are 18.With this being said Haidt and Twenges idea of reducing the extent of reliance of theses devices can help avoid long term mental health problems.


I’m of two minds about Haidt and Twenge’s claim that smartphone usage has caused an epidemic of teenage loneliness. On the one hand, I agree that social media usage can contribute to lowered self-esteem through means of comparison with others, on the other hand, I’m not sure if it has contributed to an outbreak of teenagers feeling lonely. I can see how when a person compares their selves to an infinite amount of people on Instagram, their mental health can plummet, since people constantly edit their photos, post nothing but highlights of their lives, and hide the lowlights. Instagram is not real life. Regarding women especially, is it clear how their self-confidence may decline after comparing their selves to an unending number of images of women that are altered, edited, and distorted in certain ways that do not reflect reality.
I disagree with Haidt and Twenge’s claim that the usage of smartphones contributes to overall teenage loneliness because I don’t believe in the validity of the survey methods used and their methodology of associating it with smartphone usage. They themselves even mentioned that their analyses can not prove that increased social media usage directly correlates with the rise of teenage loneliness. They are just observing trends of questionable, self-reported surveys that conclude there is a “rise” in teenage loneliness and are attributing it to the increase in smartphone and cellphone usage in the past years. In addition, I have lived and went to school throughout the “smartphone era” and have never been in a classroom or space in a school that wasn’t completely occupied with chatter and teens just having fun. Most students that I encountered in my high school days were sociable, made friends easily, and were sometimes more engaged in conversation than anything else. Students would talk before, during, and after class.
Furthermore, the answers they provide to their supposed problem are unrealistic. They want to disallow phones in schools. In some schools, phones are used with learning, through methods like Kahoot, check-in apps, and more. Phones have become a part of our lives whether one likes it or not. Not allowing them in schools would become an infringement of rights, would be very hard to enforce, and would bring up questions of whether it is reasonable at all. Age mandates for social media platforms would be impossible to enforce as well, as many would just lie about their age, and many teens between 13-16 may not even have a form of identification. We must accept that smartphones and social media have become a part of our lives, and will continue to be, we must make the right decisions regarding what we follow, what we see, and what we allow to enter our minds as we scroll through these social media pages.

Alexces Garmendia

I completely agree with Haidt and Twenges view on how the teenage interaction has changed. I feel like the is true because the pandemic has change the way they communicate and the channels they use. They consider the friend they have on the internet as someone they can trust or they feel like they have a real connection because they see what they post. This takes a real heavy mental health issue on teens and it can effect them in the long run.


yes I agree with Haidt and Twenges on how the pandemic affects the teenagers their learning style and the time they spent on screens which is true that affects their health and their social status out side the internet.

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