By Tom Quiner
Good news: teenagers are getting pregnant less often. Democrats, the media, and Planned Parenthood tell us it is because of the efficacy of contraception, which is transparently false.
By the same token, pro lifers tell us it is because of the efficacy of abstinence programs, which is true to some extent, but perhaps not as much as we’d like to see.
There’s another variable in the mix: the smartphone. The smartphone is changing our kids in very unhealthy ways.
The more kids use smartphones, the less they sleep; the less they hang out with their friends; the less they date; and the less sex they have.
In other words, the drop in teen pregnancies is affected to a great degree by the anti social impact smartphones have on kids, according to a fascinating article in The Atlantic by Jean Twenge titled, “Have Smartphones destroyed a generation?”
This is a sobering read, backed by more than a smattering of data. The graphs below provide a glimpse of the impact the smartphone has on your kids.
I am struck by the ambivalent feelings today’s kids have about getting their driver’s licenses. In the past, kids couldn’t wait. A driver’s license was a ticket to independence.
The smartphone apparently breeds dependence, complacency, uncritical thinking, unhappiness, and depression. It makes kids ripe for the promises of the Left.
What should we do about it?
The answer is obvious: reduce and restrict access. Realistically, do you think that is going to happen?
Of course not.
Houston, we have a problem.