Faith and Prayer

Snowflake Generation

Is bullying and over-reliance on social media really behind the increased numbers of youth suicide and drug addiction, or is the lack of religion and the higher meaning it lends to life the real culprit?

Writing for National Review, Paul Vitz, a senior scholar at Divine Mercy University and a professor emeritus of psychology at New York University and Bruce Buff, a management consultant, believe the typical reasons for why our youth are turning into “snowflakes” who can’t tolerate even the whisper of an opposing viewpoint without going into meltdown mode, may not be due to technology over-use and bullying.

 

In addition, as Vitz and Buff report, pre-adult suicides are up three to five times (depending on the source) since the 1950s and still increasing. One study reported that 10 percent of the young are taking anti-depressants.

They cite a recent article by Susanna Schrobsdorff of Time magazine entitled, “Teen Depression…

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About the Author

Susan Brinkmann

Susan Brinkmann, O.C.D.S., author and award winning journalist is a member of the Third Order of Discalced Carmelites. She is the staff journalist for Women of Grace® and is a frequent guest on EWTN's Women of Grace® television show. She formerly worked as a Correspondent for the Catholic Standard & Times, the newspaper for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. In addition to two historical fiction novels published by HarperCollins, she is also the author of a book on Carmelite prayer, "Lord Teach Us to Pray," published by The Catholic Standard and Times. Her book, "The Kinsey Corruption," which details the fraudulent research of Alfred C. Kinsey was published by Ascension Press. Susan also published "The Learn to Discern Compendium: Is It Christian or New Age?" with Simon Peter Press which has an imprimatur from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. She recently published the story of her conversion entitled, "We Need to Talk: God Speaks to a Modern Girl," published by Liguori Publications. Her most recent publication, which she co-authored with Johnnette Benkovic, is the "Young Women of Grace Study Program" which teaches girls ages 13-17 about what it means to be authentically feminine. Her national journalism awards include the Bernadine-O'Connor Award for Pro-Life Journalism, the Eileen Egan Journalism Award from Catholic Relief Services, and numerous awards from the Catholic Press Association and the Philadelphia Press Association.