This week’s highlights: Smartphones and mental health
Happy Friday! –
Whether you are coming or going, I hope you have a great weekend!
Since the last one was such a hit, Here’s one more for fun – what happens when you ask an AI art generator to create portraits of every American president ‘as professional wrestlers.’
Topic of the Week
- After Babel – Why the Mental Health of Liberal Girls Sank First and Fastest When will we parents stop acting like giving smartphones to our kids is somehow a neutral decision? When will we start holding ourselves and the tech complex accountable to the destruction being wrecked upon our children?
“We are now 11 years into the largest epidemic of adolescent mental illness ever recorded. The evidence is abundant that social media is a major cause of the epidemic, and perhaps the major cause….”that liberal teen girls are by far the most likely to report that they spend five or more hours a day on social media”
- Point above continued….NYTimes – YouTube Made Emma Chamberlain a Star. Now She’s Leaving it Behind. The pressure expressed here is so unbelievable… “Feeling out of control in my identity has caused psychological harm. It’s caused severe perfectionism. Everything I do, I must be perfect. I must treat everyone perfectly.”
- WSJ – College Should Be More Like Prison. The inmates I teach are serious, disciplined, hard-working students, eager to engage with ideas.
- Texas Monthly – Inside the Bro-tastic Party Mansions Upending a Historic Austin Community. They have swimming pools, dozens of beds, and at least one stripper pole in a backyard school bus (you read that right). Locals say they’re turning a vulnerable community into a “theme park” for hard-partying tourists.
- WSJ – It’s Snowing in Los Angeles Backyards, for the Right Price. I’m sure these folks are equally concerned about water conservation…”Man-made powder is transforming palm-flanked backyards into ‘Frozen’-themed tableaus”
Other Great Reads
- Stratechery – What the NBA Can Learn From Formula 1
- MercerCapital – A Little Planning—A Lot of Tax Savings. Most business owners only think about this after the sale – but what about ‘Charitable Giving Prior to a Business Sale’
- CBRE – U.S. Cap Rate Survey H2 2022. Further cap rate expansion, tighter lending standards, and distress expected.
- NYP – Dad jokes could be a sign of good parenting: experts
- GQ – “The Bigger You Get, the Smaller You Act”: How a Downtown Liquor Store Supercharged J.Crew’s Menswear Boom. Behind the bar of the most storied shop in modern menswear.
- WSJ – How One Guy’s Car Blog Became a $1 Billion Marketplace. Bring a Trailer is where obsessives buy, sell and geek out over classic cars. The company pops open its hood after 100,000 auctions to explain why.
- EarthlyMission – GPS Tracking Shows How Much Wolf Packs Avoid Each Other’s Range
- NYTimes – Everyone Loves Flaco the Escaped Owl. But Why, Exactly? Owls have beguiled humans forever. And it’s easy to see ourselves in a chubby little homebody who ditched his one-room apartment for the great outdoors.
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