Talking about the “Things That Matter Most” on November 30, 2017
4:00 – Teen Mental Health is Declining – Are Smartphones to Blame?
Between the years of 2010 and 2015, the number of US teens who felt useless and joyless- classic signs of depression – surged by 33%. Teen suicide attempts increased 23%, and the number of teens who committed suicide jumped by 31%. These trends cover every background and demographic all across the country. What happened? These teens are part of the generation Dr. Jean Twenge calls “iGen,” – those who have grown up surrounded by smartphones, social media, and nonstop internet access. Is there a link between smartphone use and teen depression? Jean joins us with more.
4:40 – Further thoughts on the Ongoing Harassment Accusations
Matt Lauer issued an apology this morning, one day after he was fired from NBC for alleged sexual misconduct. We’ll continue our conversation with Teresa Tomeo about the sexual culture, the prevalence of sexual harassment in the media, and how Catholics can respond with truth.
5:00 – You’re Entitled to your Own Opinion, but Not Your Own Facts
A strange story surfaced last week: a man in California is building a homemade rocket out of scrap metal, which he plans to use to launch himself 1,800 feet high and take pictures that will prove the Earth is really flat. He’s part of a recently-resurgent “flat earth” movement that is apparently unconvinced by several centuries of scientific consensus that the Earth is, in fact, round. This is an altogether innocuous example of a much larger, more disturbing trend that has been labeled the Death of Expertise. Under this phenomenon, WebMD and Wikipedia are considered just as reliable as renowned doctors and experts, who are accused of “elitism.” We’ll talk more about this Death of Expertise and its effect on society with Tom Nichols.
5:20 – Don’t Divorce: Powerful Arguments for Saving your Marriage
As we’ve previously discussed, we now have overwhelming evidence showing the negative effects of divorce on parents and kids. Despite this, most of the culture tries to portray it as normal. Shows like Bravo’s Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce and HBO’s Divorce normalize the dissolution of marriage, making couples feel that divorce can be a happy new beginning. Celebrities suggest a norm that divorce is not only acceptable but advisable. Gwyneth Paltrow’s “conscious uncoupling” makes divorce seem trendy and enlightened. Diane Medved has had enough. She joins us.