Most of you know, I work with Ahava Ministries to provide a summer program in the foothills of Colorado for 13-18 year old teenagers to explore Colorado Adventures and the essence of Worldivew Thinking. I challenge kids to ask lots of questions about how they know truth, where we can find Real Answers to life's hardest questions, and try to build a group of kids that can know how to develop real friendships.
The other day I noticed, for the first time working with teenagers in the last 15 years, Loneliness isn't just A problem, it's THE problem. The inability for kids to think of their own lives in a way free from insecurity and in lieu of the liability of rejection, I've seen more Teenagers confess their utter inability to connect with others.
They don't know who to trust.
They don't know how to navigate issues like sexuality and self awareness.
They don't have places they can go to relax, which keeps them in a fight or flight mode.
They don't know how to develop "safe" places to build community.
I know, I know, whenever anyone tries to reveal a problem with such extreme hyperbole it tends to discredit the argument because everyone will think the wolf cry simply a way to garner their own needs for attention. But I'm shouting from the mountaintop for the health of our teenagers. This needs to be addressed, and whether it's my book, or someone else who says the same thing, our kids are swimming in dangerous places.
Don't believe me.
Check out Sherry Turkle, MIT professor in sociology, as she begins her TED talk in 2012. It takes some time to watch, but its well worth it.