Discover"Upstream" with Erik TorenbergE58: Jonathan Haidt on Finally Fixing Social Media and Picking All the Cherries
E58: Jonathan Haidt on Finally Fixing Social Media and Picking All the Cherries

E58: Jonathan Haidt on Finally Fixing Social Media and Picking All the Cherries

Update: 2024-05-11
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This week on Upstream, Erik sits down with Jonathan Haidt to discuss his book The Anxious generation. The conversation covers the effects of social media on teen mental health, culture, politics, education, and more. beehiiv: Head to https://Beehiiv.com and use code "UPSTREAM" for 20% off your first three months.

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TIMESTAMPS:

(00:00 ) Intro

(00:13 ) Evolution of Jonathan's Work: From Moral Psychology to 'The Anxious Generation'

(01:14 ) The Impact of Social Media on Teen Mental Health

(02:50 ) Exploring the Tragedy of the Modern Childhood

(07:29 ) Addressing the Criticism and Pushback

(12:08 ) The Unprecedented Effects of Social Media on Society

(19:37 ) Adapting to Technological Changes and the Future of Childhood

(20:20 ) The Dire State of Democracy in the Digital Age

(27:01 ) How Technology Affects Liberals and Conservatives Differently

(28:20 ) Unveiling the Research: The Rise of Anxiety and Depression

(28:48 ) Breaking Down the Data: Gender, Politics, and Mental Health

(30:48 ) The Protective Power of Religion and Community

(31:32 ) Parenting Styles and Moral Values

(32:07 ) Challenges for Progressive Organizations and the Democratic Party

(32:42 ) Recommendations for a Healthier Childhood in the Digital Age

(33:50 ) Addressing the Broader Issues Beyond Smartphones

(34:35 ) The Role of Schools in Children's Mental Health

(36:33 ) A Call for Intentional Community Building

(37:34 ) Navigating the Public Health Crisis with Apolitical Solutions

(40:41 ) Engaging with the Tech Industry: Critiques and Clarifications

(41:01 ) The Debate on Content Moderation and the Need for Structural Changes

(56:27 ) Wrap

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E58: Jonathan Haidt on Finally Fixing Social Media and Picking All the Cherries

E58: Jonathan Haidt on Finally Fixing Social Media and Picking All the Cherries

Erik Torenberg