Social media and its associated subcultures have become a proxy for the in person socialization our human psyches actually require. But it isn’t an adequate substitute, by any measure. I posit adolescent girls have been the hardest hit by the worsening trend of social isolation, due to their specific developmental need for social connection and personal differentiation. What others have referred to as an epidemic of loneliness is not new to the smartphone era, though the last decade has exponentially worsened it, but is more fundamentally the result of generations of economic and social restructuring.
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