Time Travel and Social Media By Brian Simpson

     Readers would no doubt tune in to the great sense of anxiety that writers have for the future, and the almost frantic desire to warn people before it is too late. This comes from a deep, if not manic, preoccupation with reading and analysing information. Yet, we are not the only ones concerned about the future, for young people too, have picked up, perhaps at a more intuitive level, how this is all going to play out, and they like the idea of time travel to escape it, meaning that the misery of modern existence is now totally global, and there is no other place to run:

“Today's teens prefer texting over in-person communication, use social media multiple times a day, and admit that digital distractions interfere with homework, personal relationships and sleep, according to a new survey of 13- to 17-year-olds. Why it matters: Concerns over the negative impact of social media use have increased recently with reports of teen depression, suicide and cyberbullying on the rise. The study by Common Sense Media, a non-profit group focused on tech and media's impact on kids, shows teens have a complicated relationship with technology. In what was perhaps the study's most surprising finding, roughly 40% of the teens surveyed said they wish they could go back in time to an era before social media. The impact: Interestingly, despite the increased use of social media, teens are more likely to say that social media has a positive effect on them. For instance, 25% say using social media makes them feel less lonely, compared to 3% who say it makes them feel more lonely. Yes, but: Still, more than two-thirds of teens agree with the statement, "social media has a negative impact on many people my age." And 40% agree with the statement, "I sometimes wish I could go back to a time when there was no such thing as social media."

     That merely relates to social media; we have not get got to the coming economic Armageddon that we have been warning about, and do so again, because we care:

     We hope that among the Christmas shopping there has been a thought for prepping for this: long-term food storage, cutting debt, exercising and  getting back to basics:



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