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Dr. Jonathan Haidt: Mental, Emotional Damage on Children by Smart Phones and Social Media

Think about the speed in which our relationship to personal computer technology has developed over the last 20 years. Depending on how old you are, you will have had a vastly different experience during your formative years in terms of the use of internet, smart phones and social media.

Few have stopped to ask: what is the cumulative effect on the mental health of not only young individuals, but also on families, society, and on even the entire human species? In truth, the real answers to these question may be unsettling.

Jonathan David Haidt is a best-selling author and American social psychologist, and Professor of Ethical Leadership at New York University Stern School of Business, focusing on the study of the psychology of morality and emotions, and how these trends shape culture and civilizations. What he says about social media and smart phones may shock you. Listen:

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