Social media is altering people’s brain chemistry.
Young developing brains are even more susceptible to the addictive nature of the platforms.
And you won’t believe what new reports reveal on Big Tech’s hands as this radical social contagion gets worse.
Countries in the West have seen a relative explosion in the number of children who identify as transgender, nonbinary, or something similarly outside the traditional male/female dichotomy.
Researchers believe that peer groups, particularly for teenage girls, have caused some to transition as a form of belonging.
And social media could be exacerbating the issue.
While platforms like YouTube and Twitter might help some teens, others are being pressured into accepting labels and consequences they don’t fully understand.
From The Wall Street Journal:
“Dr. [Lisa] Littman in 2018 came under criticism while affiliated with the Brown University School of Public Health, when a journal published her study of 256 parents of children who had experienced gender dysphoria. The issue: 87% said it was sudden, and happened after their kids increased social media or internet use or after friends in their peer group identified as transgender, or both…Earlier this week a journal published the results of a survey Dr. Littman conducted of 100 adults who, at various ages, had chosen to undergo gender transition through surgery or medication and later decided to stop or reverse the treatment. Many survey respondents who had decided to transition said they found encouragement to do so online, on platforms such as YouTube.”
Dr. Littman coined the term “rapid onset gender dysphoria,” which explains the phenomenon of young people, almost exclusively girls, transitioning after showing zero hallmarks of gender dysphoria.
The Journal article also included the testimony of a 17-year-old named Noah who recounted his story of gender confusion.
Noah began to spend as many as six hours a day in an online chat room where he said he was pressured to identify with the group.
“It was: ‘If you’re part of this community, you’re a great person, and if you’re not, you’re homophobic and racist.’ You can’t just say you support the LGBTQ+ community, you have to be in it. And if you’re part of it, you have to find a very specific label and stick with it.”
People in the chat room even suggested Noah should run away from home, and one member of the group even threatened to come to Noah’s house and hurt his parents if they did not accept his new gender identity.
After speaking with a therapist, Noah realized he was not gender-confused; he simply had atypical interests relative to his high school peers such as art and fashion.
Noah’s story is not unique.
There are a lot of kids that are being pressured to join a movement, and that’s why parents must be vigilant about their children’s social media diet.
Stay tuned to Unmuzzled News for any updates to this ongoing story.