Social Media

The Exhibitionist Economy

The Exhibitionist Economy

When former Facebook product manager Frances Haugen leaked thousands of internal company documents to the Wall Street Journal in September, it led to another cycle of acrimonious allegations of corporate irresponsibility. “I’ve seen a bunch of social networks,” Haugen told 60 Minutes in an interview, “and it was substantially

Ari David Blaff
Ari David Blaff
Science / Tech
Podcast #168: Jonathan Haidt on Instagram’s Mental Health Emergency

Podcast #168: Jonathan Haidt on Instagram’s Mental Health Emergency

Quillette podcast host Jonathan Kay speaks with NYU professor and Coddling of the American Mind Co-Author Jonathan Haidt about the emotionally destructive effect of social media on many young users.

Quillette
Quillette
Podcast
Children Are Lonelier Than Ever. Can Anything Be Done?

Children Are Lonelier Than Ever. Can Anything Be Done?

In East of Eden, John Steinbeck writes “all great and precious things are lonely.” Increasingly, our children fit that description. Loneliness among teens has reached troubling levels. For the decades encompassing the late 20th and early 21st centuries, teen mental health outcomes had been reliably stable or were even improving.

Camilo Ortiz and Stephanie De Leo
Camilo Ortiz and Stephanie De Leo
Health
When You’re Diagnosed with Autism—by TikTok

When You’re Diagnosed with Autism—by TikTok

Do you ever seek reassurance, overspend, get angry over small things, fear abandonment, or pretend to be happy? If so, you might be suffering from anxiety, self-harm, ADHD, a wounded inner child, and something called “smiling depression”—at least according to the gurus of the video-sharing site TikTok, where the

Lucy Kross Wallace
Lucy Kross Wallace
Activism
Gender Transition and Desistance in Teenage Girls: Two Psychotherapeutic Case Studies

Gender Transition and Desistance in Teenage Girls: Two Psychotherapeutic Case Studies

When doctors always give patients what they want (or think they want), the fallout can be disastrous, as we have seen with the opioid crisis. There is every possibility that the medical treatment of young people with gender dysphoria may follow a similar path. Practitioners understandably want to protect their

Susan Evans and Marcus Evans
Susan Evans and Marcus Evans
Feminism
When Sons Become Daughters: It’s Time to Admit That Reflexive ‘Affirmation’ Has Been a Mistake

When Sons Become Daughters: It’s Time to Admit That Reflexive ‘Affirmation’ Has Been a Mistake

What follows is the seventh and final instalment of When Sons Become Daughters, a Quillette series that explores how parents react when a son announces he wants to be a girl—and explains why so many of these mothers and fathers believe they can’t discuss their fears and concerns

Angus Fox
Angus Fox
Activism
The Petulant Campaign Against Eric Kaufmann

The Petulant Campaign Against Eric Kaufmann

Sir Roger Scruton—the prodigious conservative philosopher—once noted of his time at Birkbeck that it was “traditionally a left-wing place, haunted by the fear that somewhere, somehow, a conservative might have infiltrated the corridors.” Though he added that “the students were terrific because they were all grown up.” One

Noah Carl
Noah Carl
Activism
When Sons Become Daughters, Part V: The Links Between Trans Identity, Gifted Minds, Categorical Thinking—And Anime

When Sons Become Daughters, Part V: The Links Between Trans Identity, Gifted Minds, Categorical Thinking—And Anime

What follows is the fifth instalment of When Sons Become Daughters, a multi-part Quillette series that explores how parents react when a son announces he wants to be a girl—and explains why so many of these mothers and fathers believe they can’t discuss their fears and concerns with

Angus Fox
Angus Fox
Activism