pros and cons of both. But I totally disagree with the point of that article. a total shift from sex to screen isn’t the answer. It also isn’t something I would praise.
Being a teenager at the end of the day is about pushing limits, boundaries & balance (or lack thereof). Before tech, we all did that differently.
I think the risk with too much screen is the same as if your kid were in a sex/drinking phase in high school. Especially because - if you kid does drink a bit and has (hopefully safe) sex —- congrats, they’re like every other teenager for the last 50 yrs. Screens as a means of escape enable isolation, which in the long term is arguably more harmful.
I am pretty involved with research on the ethics of neuroscience, tech & emotional/social development. There are some really interesting things coming up about this. There are a ton of factors that matter — sexuality, socioeconomics, race, ethnicity, siblings, wether parents are married, divorced, single parents, birth order, school (the effects of school environment is actually a massive factor
for so many kids, access to screens is life changing, it’s the opportunity to change or escape their worlds. It’s a godsend. For kids from more privileged backgrounds, the technology use becomes a bit different. Kids get bored, technology enables the kids to channel that somewhere. And as we’ve seen with things like yik yak, ask.me & other “anonymous” sites - there are some serious risks there too. The rate of emotional maturity is more staggered than it’s ever been, partially because of this