Concerns over the impact from the toxicity of the Internet

Concerns over the impact from the toxicity of the Internet


WE APPRECIATE YOU BEING WITH US. APPRECIATE IT. GOOD STUFF.>>THANK YOU, SIR. STUART: OUR NEXT GUEST GOT A PIECE IN THE “WALL STREET JOURNAL,” HE HAS THIS EVERY THURSDAY. THIS ONE’S CALLED “THE DEEP DANGERS OF LIFE ONLINE.” IT’S A DEEP DIVE INTO THE TOXICITY OF THE INTERNET. THERE’S A GRABBING HEADLINE FOR YOU. CAUSING SPARKS TO FLY THERE. HIS NAME IS DAN HENNINGER. YOU WROTE THAT STUFF. OKAY. I READ IT. YOU’RE SAYING THAT JUST THE EXTRAORDINARY AMOUNT OF TIME SPENT ONLINE CREATES MENTAL PROBLEMS. MAKE YOUR CASE.>>HIGHER LEVELS OF ANXIETY, YES. I AM INDEED WRITING IN THE CONTEXT OF THE TWO HORRIFIC SHOOTINGS IN THE PAST WEEK. LET’S SET THOSE ASIDE JUST FOR A MINUTE. SINCE ABOUT 2000, WE’VE HAD THE WEB, IT’S A WONDERFUL THING, PEOPLE ARE SPENDING A LOT OF TIME ON IT. THE BIGGEST — ONE OF THE BIGGEST STORIES OF THE PAST YEAR IS HOW PARENTS IN SILICON VALLEY, WHERE A LOT OF THESE APPS ARE IN FACT CREATED, ARE FORBIDDING THEIR CHILDREN FROM SPENDING TIME WITH SCREENS. THEY ARE BANNING THEM IN SILICON VALLEY BECAUSE PARENTS UNDERSTAND THAT THIS STUFF CAN BE DANGEROUS. SECOND, THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION, A TRADE PUBLICATION FOR HIGHER EDUCATION, HAS BEEN RUNNING STORIES FOR SEVERAL YEARS ABOUT THE EXTRAORDINARY RISING INCIDENCE OF ANXIETY AND MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEMS WITH STUDENTS ON CAMPUS. THEY HAD A HUGE STUDY SEVERAL YEARS AGO IN WHICH ABOUT A THIRD OF STUDENTS CLAIM THEY ARE HAVING DIFFICULTY FUNCTIONING BECAUSE OF DEPRESSION. I USED TO DISMISS THESE STORIES AS JUST OVERWROUGHT BUT I DON’T DO THAT ANYMORE. I THINK BECAUSE PEOPLE, WHETHER IT’S ADOLESCENT GIRLS LOOKING AT PERFECT WOMEN PHOTOSHOPPED ON INSTAGRAM AND PINTEREST, OR WHETHER IT’S STUDENTS LOOKING ON TEXTING EACH OTHER, COMPARING EACH OTHER TO ONE ANOTHER ALL THE TIME, THE HUMAN BRAIN WAS NOT CREATED TO BE SO INNER DIRECTED, SO SELF-ABSORBED AND THAT IS A FORMULA FOR TROUBLE. NOW REFLECTING ITSELF IN EVER HIGHER LEVELS OF ANXIETY. I THINK OUT OF THE END OF THAT SPECTRUM, WHERE YOU HAVE YOUNG MEN ALREADY DISTURBED SPENDING ALL THEIR TIME THINKING ABOUT THESE THINGS ONLINE, RELENTLESSLY, EVENTUALLY YOU GET THESE SNAPS LIKE YOU HAD THE PAST TWO WEEKS. STUART: THIS IS SEPARATE FROM VIOLENT VIDEO GAMES.>>SEPARATE, YEAH. STUART: THAT’S A TOTALLY DIFFERENT ISSUE. WHETHER THAT AFFECTS SHOOTERS OR WHATEVER, THAT’S SEPARATE. YOU’RE NOT TALKING ABOUT THAT AT ALL.>>THAT ALMOST MIGHT BE DIFFERENT, WHAT I’M ARGUING. IF YOU ARE PLAYING A VIDEO GAME, YOU ARE LOOKING AT THIS VIDEO GAME AND PLAYING THIS STUFF ONSCREEN. I’M TALKING ABOUT PEOPLE TOTALLY ABSORBED IN THEMSELVES, THINKING ABOUT HOW THEY COMPARE TO OTHER PEOPLE, TO THE WORLD, THINKING ABOUT IMMIGRANTS, OTHER ENEMIES, AND ROLLING IT OVER IN THEIR HEAD ALL DAY LONG. AS I SAY, I DON’T THINK THE HUMAN BRAIN WAS DESIGNED FOR THAT DEGREE OF INPUT INTO THIS SORT OF LEVEL OF ANXIETY. STUART: YET IT’S ADDICTIVE. THAT IS ADDICTIVE.>>YOU BECOME OBSESSED. STUART: I DON’T KNOW WHAT YOU CAN DO ABOUT IT.>>THESE SHOOTERS WERE OBVIOUSLY OBSESSED. I DON’T KNOW WHAT YOU CAN DO. THE SCREEN GENIE IS OUT OF THE BOTTLE. IT’S NOT GOING AWAY. ONE ANSWER IS TRY TO GET PEOPLE TO BE MORE OUTER-DIRECTED, WHETHER IT’S PARENTS, SCHOOLS, BUT SOMEHOW YOUNG PEOPLE HAVE GOT TO TURN THEIR HEADS AWAY FROM THIS AND START DOING THINGS THAT ARE OUT IN THE WORLD, BECAUSE THEY ARE DISAPPEARING INTO THESE WORLDS THAT ARE JUST UNREAL. FORGET ALT-RIGHT OR ALT-LEFT. THAT WORLD ONLINE IS ALTERNATIVE REALITY. STUART: THAT’S REALLY A GOOD STORY. I WOULD RECOMMEND EVERYBODY READ DAN HENNINGER.

Danny Hutson

54 thoughts on “Concerns over the impact from the toxicity of the Internet

  1. It's Not the internet that's toxic , it's the lefties and their toxic message and manipulation. Guns aren't a problem it's the people that use it. Same with the internet. Its the toxic attack on men and toxic media and toxic politicians that creates, Not the internet! And silicon valley is part of the toxic, Not the internet!

  2. WELL WE NEED TO COMMUNICATE WITH PEOPLE IN PERSON ALSO. WE NEED TO START SPENDING TIME AS FAMILIES . SHUT OFF ELECTRONICS AND HAVE SOME FAMLIY TIME. GATHER WITH FRIENDS….. COOK OUTS SITTING AROUND TOGETHER!
    BALANCE IS IMPORTANT! FAMILY AND FRIENDS ARE IMPORTANT!

  3. Without being able to vent on the internet you will see more violence, less creative expression, and more people feeling like they donโ€™t have a voice. DO NOT CENSOR US WE HAVE FREEDOM OF SPEECH

  4. How about you turn it off if it bothers you? It's not the internet, its social media. Internet noobs interject their actual persona into their internet persona. First, and last mistake. It's the best way to get your feelings hurt.

  5. Heaven forbid silicon valley not make a war game instead of something useful like how to appreciate your president.

  6. Government gunna "fix" things again.
    What would society due without the guidance of the welfare system. Everyone should want to be like Them

  7. It's not toxic lol, if everyone just set fire to all the democrats the internet would become down right friendly.

  8. Yet they need it so the Amazon Alexa, affordable for a reason, can spy on us in our homes by recording everything using trigger words. They like it for that reason, but they don't like it because we are being informed more today than 30 years ago. We are aware of the pipeline war in Syria, the Illegal regime change wars, the petro dollar, and arms deals worth billions made by our secretary of defense. We are aware. We aren't as many as we need, but a small percentage of us are informed. And it will grow. I fear the day our citizens revolt against our government. Idk what will happen on that day.

  9. I wasted most of my teen years in the cyber world and now I'm paying the price as a young adult. Years of regret, social isolation, social anxiety. Its not worth investing all of that time into a video game that translates to no value irl. So I've given up video games completely (5 months sober) and I'm trying to fix all the damage its caused.

  10. The majority of social media is pure garbage. Twitter, Facebook, Reddit, and Click Bait "Woke" news sites are toxic as can be and provide absolutely nothing of value to the world.

  11. The toxicity of reality is what REALLY happening around the world , even without the internet there is toxicity.

  12. But… but

    The internet gave us Donald Trump… ha durrr!!!

    And, it gave us white supremacists too… ha durr…

    I done forgot to take my psych meds today yo… I'm a lefty loon ha durr! I'll stab you with my wooden spoon! Ha durrr!!!

  13. No, in fact, these means of information, mainstream media more than the internet, are potential cause of endangerment. Most of the phenomenon of epidemics on any area I'm aware, such violence against women, florestal fires, hate viruses, etc., are in actuality subliminaly (not surreptitiously) motivated. Perhaps Science should study that more, sociologists and so on. For one hand I think the press should self censor itself, but then noadays that is also quite subject to controversy, for in truth, they d that, only most of the time for political reasons. Its unavoidable in a certain sense, since the factors which assist the degeneraton process are many…

  14. We have raised a generation of weak minded, selfish, insecure and easily excitable people who get over excited by every wave and wind of the media machine.

    The internet is just a means to agitate the existing problem within the hearts of men who have no accountability or fear of God Almighty.

  15. The mental saturation of violent video games contributes to a lot of the violence, then a trigger event occurs and they snap because their brains are conditioned to a particular response!! NO WONDER!!

  16. Human nature is the desire to belong. The internet gives a false sense of being. A false sense of belonging. This is compounded by video games and social media.
    The false sense of being is replaced by a false sense of standing out. The desire to go viral is as dangerous as a first dose of heroine. Internet fame has taken the place of Hollywood fame. The desire to be the next Ninja or David Dobrik or Liza Koshi is very real for kids today. So they pursue the dream with reckless abandon and zero plans for if they should crash or heaven forbid just not make it happen. The mental effects can be devastating for a young mind…

  17. Blaiming the internet is like blaiming guns. It's the people that are the problem. Pay attention he said you have these disturbed people who …

    We have stupid people in our world and sugar coating and telling them that they are special doesn't help. We need evaluations of kids in our school and speak the truth of things to them.

    We used to punish our kids when they misbehave now its oh no its child abuse. When someone mouthed off to you being a smartass you popped them in the mouth and they no longer ran their mouth. There are no consequences so people run their mouths and treat each other with disrespect.

  18. Mass shootings are caused by mental illness.
    No sane person left or right does something like that.

    They are mostly left wing nut jobs because the mentally ill are more attracted to ideology that doesn't push individual responsibility and fiscal conservatism and traditional values.
    The left encourage you to blame others and expect the government to do everything because this increases dependence and power over the society.
    The left only seek power.
    Until it falls apart and then the genocide begins.
    History proves this terrible truth.

  19. Maybe fox should get off the internet if they think itโ€™s soo bad. Most racists are conservative, most sexist are conservative, most transphobes and homophobes are conservative, all religious bigots are conservative, seems like we should ban conservatives from the internet if we want to get rid of 90% of hate on the web.

  20. You hope silicon valley does something about…
    Something silicon valley intentionally designed that way?? smh. ๐Ÿคจ

  21. The toxicity is coming from subversive leftists in government, universities, corporations, high schools, and banks! We can't even prosecute people for treason!

  22. The problem is with people, not the internet. The war on the internet and video games, etc. is not all that different than the war on guns. People are in deep denial concerning natural human nature, choices, and often quick to shift the blame. Responsible ethical internet users can easily avoid most of the "toxicity", and there are tools to help with this. I am a conservative, why are so many conservatives idiotic when it comes to video game violence? Why not include violent movies, music, books, etc.? Mankind has had a propensity for violence since the beginning of man. Before there were guns, man used swords and knives, and when and where those were not available, man used stones and fists. All of these can be used for good or evil, the ethical decisions are the responsibility of the individual.

  23. Not as easy to push a lie publicly. When info is at our finger tips. Snowflakes will be intolerantly triggered by something, regardless of what it is. If the internet is your problem, then unplug idiots. It's not a requirement for life. It's a tool for the intelligent. And kryptonite for morons. This is the world, like it or leave it.

  24. No need research. Itโ€™s the truth. Children get moody when their gadget get take away. For my kid, when I take her away from her phone, she got moody

  25. Incells exist around the World. Incells do not mass-shoot around the World. The Involuntary Celibate is a nerd, a geek, a Freak. i think the up-tick in shooters has a direct correlation with the MeToo movement, now these Incells fear they will never even get close to getting laid without being thrown in prison. As an astute observer noticed years ago, " The SJW displays an almost Victorian level of Prudishness".

  26. B.S.! Mainstream TV & Fake News Propaganda is FAR MORE TOXIC! – Let's face it, aggression on EVERY channel plus FAKE NEWS B.S.. If you are serious, get rid of the crap magazines on t the newstands – I can't even take my child into the supermarket because of the disgusting magazines promoting crisis drama rama headlines about domestic violence and drugs. I can't let my child watch mainstream TV because of the social engineering LGBTQ crap and exposure to age inappropriate content at 7.00pm. Clean up mainstream TV, put morals and ethics back into public viewing – only then will I let him watch mainstream TV and get off teh internet. Thank God for the internet, thank God for YouTube Gamers provising safe healthy viewing and behaving as normal role models versus the mainstream TV social engineering crap!

  27. Dan hits on a VERY big point here. The human brain was not designed to be so inwardly directed. Most brains consider their extensions (the human attached) to be either indirected or redirected to others. Not objects of others' indirections and redirections. In 19 years of studying the linguistics of human psychology, I never much thought about the issue — perhaps because computer-cellphones were not in the hands of people flipping the switch on indirection/redirection. Psycho-sociologists are now all on alert! Thank you, Mr. Henninger.

  28. There's dangers of life everywhere. So just stay inside, close your windows and shades turn off your t-v, computers, phones, any other devices and hide under your covers. "Your security lies in your bed of white foam"

  29. So, now that they've figured out what can be produced online, will we see good things coming, or are they going to abuse it further…
    Big fear for some is when ai gains sentience, will we have our future at risk by idiocy, ignorance, indoctrination, misinformation, misinterpretation…
    Will they cut it off, will it be censored to the extreme extent that only socially acceptable people are allowed, will the dark web grow, and everything collapse in the wake of major fraud through online only economy…
    Is the mainstream media gonna continue having seizures and blame and ban all forms of news, blaming political problems on their political opponents…
    Advertising has gotten pretty close to being out of hand, as well as the idea that advertisers and telemarketers can continue harrassment of potential customers….
    How much of my data do you think we could keep private…will be privacy continue to be a right, or will that soon be another "privilege"?

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