Smiling into the abyss: what is Facebook doing to our mental health?

(OpenDemocracy) – Lazy and unconcerned, or buckling under the strains of late capitalism? A manifesto for the selfie generation asks whether we can break our addiction to social media. In January, an interview with marketing consultant Simon Sinek went viral on Facebook. Raising the hackles of millennials everywhere, he branded them “tough to manage, entitled, narcissistic, self-interested [and] unfocused.” You can imagine my delight when my mum sent the video to me: “this might explain why you have so many problems,” she said. Sinek puts the pathologies of Generation Y down to “failed parenting strategies”, the nasty shock of realising Read More

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