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The anxious generation : how the great rewiring of childhood is causing an epidemic of mental illness / Jonathan Haidt.

Haidt, Jonathan, (author.).

After more than a decade of stability or improvement, the mental health of adolescents plunged in the early 2010s, with rates of depression, anxiety, self-harm, and suicide rising sharply. The author lays out the facts about the epidemic of teen mental illness that hit many countries at the same time, and then investigates the nature of childhood, including why children need play and independent exploration to mature into competent, thriving adults. He presents more than a dozen mechanisms by which this rewiring of childhood has interfered with children's social and neurological development, covering everything from sleep deprivation to attention fragmentation, addiction, loneliness, social contagion, social comparison, and perfectionism. He explains why social media damages girls more than boys and why boys have been withdrawing from the real world into the virtual world, with disastrous consequences. He describes steps that parents, teachers, schools, tech companies, and governments can take to end the epidemic of mental illness and restore a more humane childhood.

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  • ISBN: 9780593655030 (hardcover)
  • ISBN: 0593655036 (hardcover)
  • Physical Description: 385 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
  • Publisher: New York : Penguin Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, 2024.

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Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages [301]-367) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Introduction: Growing up on Mars -- Part 1: A tidal wave. The surge of suffering -- Part 2: The backstory: the decline of the play-based childhood. What children need to do in childhood ; Discover mode and the need for risky play ; Puberty and the blocked transition to adulthood -- Part 3: The great rewiring: the rise of the phone-based childhood. The four foundational harms: social deprivation, sleep deprivation, attention fragmentation, and addiction ; Why social media harms girls more than boys ; What is happening to boys? ; Spiritual elevation and degradation -- Part 4: Collective action for healthier childhood. Preparing for collective action ; What governments and tech companies can do now ; What schools can do now ; What parents can do now -- Conclusion: Bring childhood back to earth.
Subject: Children > United States > Social conditions > 21st century.
Internet and children > United States.
Social media > Psychological aspects.
Child mental health > United States.
Child development > United States.

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