we are raising a generation of deluded narcissists. todays college student are more likely than ever to call themselves gifted and driven to succeed, even though their test scores and time spent studying are decreasing. a number of recent studies point up the toxic psycological impact of media and technology on chidren, adolescents and young adults, particularly as it regards turning them into faux celebriteis – the equivalent of lead actors in their own fictionalized life stories.
on facebook, young people can fool themselves into thinking they have hundreds of thousands of friends. they can delete unflattering comments. they can block anyone who disagrees with them or poles holes in their deflated self esteem. they can chose to show the world only flattering, sexy of funny photographs of themselves (dozens of albums full, by the wat), speak in pithy short posts and publicly connect to movie stars and professional athletes and musicians they ‘like’. Using Twitter, young people can pretend they are worth ‘following’, as though they have real life fans, when all that is really happening is the mutual fanning of false love and false fame. using computer games, our sons and daughters can pretend they are Olympians, Formula 1 drivers, rock stars or sharp shooters…on MTV and other networks, young people can see lives just like theirs portrayed on reality TV shows fueled by such incredible self involvement and self love that any of the real life characters should really be in pscychoterapy to have any chance at anything like a normal life. these are the psychological drugs os the 21st century and they are getting our sons and daughters very sick indeed.
young people are looking for more highs to define and distinguish themselves. they are looking for more highs to define and distinguish themselves. they’re doing anything to distract themselves from the fact that they feel empty inside and unworthy. however, the bubble will burst.
watch the epidemic of depression and suicidality, not to mention homicidality, as the real self-laothing and hatred of others that lies beneath all this narcissism rises to the surface.
we shape our tools and thereafter they shape us.
in the internet age we are loosing the capacity for deep thinking, reading, and conversation.
why we expect nore of technology and less of each other?
unlike internet connections, deep connections, deep community requires face to face, embodied engagement and accountability.
in addition to the problem of constantly liiking for significance, anxiously hoping that our lives will have a lasting impact, is our addiction to instantaneous results.
many of those in younger generations do not recall having sent of received a hand written letter