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ChrisV

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@ChrisV Seems like the issue there is people comparing themselves to others. That always leads to misery. Social media just makes it 10000% easier. One should only compare their current self to their previously selves. Never to others.
It does. But Social Media takes that problem and puts it on steroids. We see a sharp rise in depression since 2010, when the iPhone gained traction.
 

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Absolutely, and that depression is caused first and foremost by mindset, not the tool!
 

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My wife recently was being sad because she just saw the posts
of her friends on fb going to the beach and having their vacation,
while she is staying at home doing her master's manuscript.

I sent her a link of this article
"Finally, a cure for social media addiction"

Upon reading it she felt better and made a decision to unfollow all her friends and to stop using facebook regularly.
 

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It seems to be the all so common problem of abundance.

Most things in excess are terrible for you. Drugs, food, alcohol, sex etc.
Phones and the Internet are no different.

The issue is that teenagers and children haven't developed the self control to deal with such an addictive and socially acceptable thing like the smartphone.

The responsibility does really come down to the parents, not the government or the corporations as many would want you to believe.
 

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Smart phones are a dramatic technology jump. Like all the technological jumps that preceded it, in it's early stages it has been misused and misunderstood . And we are still very much in the early stages. Most new technologies throughout history have had growing pains, folks inevitably fearing their effects on the family, community, country, world, then followed by a time of adjustment, education, and better use.

The written word, agriculture, the printing press, industrial revolution, electricity, telephones, and on and on. All of these major advancements (I'm assuming everyone here appreciates these innovations and would in fact consider them "advancements") came with initial issues, society relearning how to operate with their arrival, and eventual adjustments making them the great tools they are today.

Smart phones are phenomenal. History will look back on their invention as yet another great innovation that profoundly changed how we operate as people and the benefits and growth they ushered in.
 

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