What is depression?

  • Loneliness: Social psychologist Jonathan Haidt argues that teens who spend the most time on social media, are the most lonely. Since 2010, depression has risen dramatically among young people. The suicide rate for teenage girls is up 82 %, while the number is 34 % for teenage boys. Haidt thinks there’s a direct connection to social media use, which causes people to spend less time actually interacting with their peers.
  • Crisis of meaning: Religion is on the decline. This is in my opinion not bad in and of itself, but there may be positive elements of religion that would be beneficial to incorporate more in today’s secular age. First and foremost: Community and purpose. A healthy society needs to provide it’s members with common goals to strive for, and a sense of common belonging, which in turn leads to a strong community. Research shows that there is a correlation between how much people feel belonging to a religious community and how generous and happy they are. In my opinion, this aspect can be improved in today’s modern, secular societies.

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Mikkel Ihle Tande

Mikkel Ihle Tande

Norwegian sociology student and journalist. Work for the Association for Safer Drug Policies. Write about science, religion, popular culture, politics…etc.