I started reading an advice column a few months ago. If I’m honest it’s because I found the advice so awful I felt like I was literary rubber- necking.
It has been very please yourself everyone’s wrong don’t tolerate… and there’s the crux.
This particular site is EXTREMELY political. It’s full of male hate and militant feminism.
I’m extremely pro women’s rights incidentally but up to and including equality only. I don’t believe women deserve MORE rights than men or that we need to subjugate men. This particular site absolutely preaches the opposite.
We are not aligned in the least.
I’ve stopped reading because it’s so toxic. The advice actively encourages people to cut off family for having different views. It tells people not to help aging parents, that those parents need to fend for themselves and kids shouldn’t help them. It encourages teenagers that they are right to not discuss things with their parents. In short, it’s destabilising family life.
I’ve heard a lot lately about the possibility/probability of civil war and I’ve come to realize, if that happens, it will be wholly the fault of the media for inciting it.
The rise of social media is an absolute parallel to Greek Mythology. The tale of the Hydra is a story about a perilous monster with seven heads. You could only defeat it by cutting off a head. Every time a head was cut off, two grew in its place. This is an exact parallel with social media. MySpace, AOL, ICQ, Facebook, Snapchat, YouTube, WhatsApp, Instagram, Twitter.. the list is long and never ending. As fast as one platform loses favor, more surface.
Kids today are more influenced by what they read online than what they ever learn at home.
Growing up for me and even my kids meant parents and teachers were our biggest influencers. My kids had little exposure to either the internet or cell phones until they were 15/16. Thankfully, internet capable cell phones were still in their infancy at that time.
I firmly believe the biggest problem facing the world today isn’t ISIS. It isn’t guns. Not drugs. Not cancer, obesity or AIDS.
It’s both Social media and Journalism.
Parents, limit your kids exposure to both as they are toxic beyond belief.