Why Are Glow Kids So Unhappy? (Special Podcast Highlight)

Why do kids seem so listless and unhappy? How can you help them?


👨‍🎓 Guest: Dr. Nicholas Kardaras, a renowned expert in technology addiction, Ivy League educated psychologist, and author of influential books like Digital Madness and Glow Kids joins Timmerie to give his perspective. Check out the whole hour here.


Key Insights:


Digital Dilemma: Dr. Kardaras highlights a profound ‘poverty of spirit’ among young people, exacerbated by the digital landscape. He describes a world where technology not only distracts but fills a spiritual void, leading to increased feelings of loneliness and depression.


Finding Purpose: The discussion pivots to the crucial role of finding one’s bliss—a term popularized by Joseph Campbell, implying the discovery of something that genuinely sparks joy and provides a sense of purpose. Dr. Kardaras emphasizes the importance of helping kids identify their passions rather than succumbing to the digital noise. At the same time, we need to remember that our purpose is not what defines us. If we put too much stock into what we do, it could crush us in the future if we’ve put all our livelihood into it. 


The Grit & Resilience Recipe: Angela Duckworth’s concept of ‘grit’—a blend of passion and perseverance—is highlighted as essential for young people to develop. Dr. Kardaras stresses the importance of engaging in real-world activities that require persistence, such as sports or musical instruments, which can help build resilience.


Critical Thinking Over Emotion: There’s a dominance of emotional reactions within social media. Dr. Kardaras advises parents to encourage critical thinking and analytical discussions with their children, focusing on a Socratic method of questioning and reasoning.


Rediscovering the Classics: To combat the shallow quick-fix solutions of modern education, Dr. Kardaras advocates for reintroducing young minds to classic literature, which can help foster deeper analytical skills and thought processes.


This episode is a wake-up call for parents, educators, and anyone involved with the younger generation to foster environments that promote psychological strength and spiritual health, rather than mere digital distraction. 💪📘

Timmerie works as a radio host and Catholic speaker educating in areas of theology and is an expert at responding to current trends of sexuality, feminism, and gender ideology. She hosts Trending with Timmerie on Relevant Radio. She holds a Masters Degree in Biblical Theology and Bachelor’s Degree in Communications Media with an emphasis in the New Evangelization from John Paul the Great Catholic University.