5 Things I’m Obsessing Over This Week — And You Should Too (Pt. 4)

22nd January 2018 — 28th January 2018


This is a series of 5 of the most interesting things I’ve been obsessing over the past week.

If you want to read last weeks, here’s a link:

1. Martin Luther King Jr. — Article

A fantastic article on the hypocrisy in America on events when we are remembering the importance of historical figures.

2. Teenagers are Better Behaved and Less Hedonistic Nowadays — The Economist

A phenomenal article on some of the good developments of todays young, among whom I probably would factor in as well.

It is a different take on the issue which I found very refreshing.

Here’s a couple of fascinating quotes & research:

Other drugs are also falling from favour. Surveys by the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction show that the proportion of 15- to 16-year-olds who have tried cigarettes has been falling since 1999. A rising proportion of teenagers have never tried anything mind-altering, including alcohol, tobacco, cannabis, inhalants and sedatives. The proportion of complete abstainers rose from 11% to 31% in Sweden between 2003 and 2015, and from 23% to an astounding 61% in Iceland. In America, all illicit drugs except marijuana (which is not illicit everywhere) have become less popular. Mercifully, the decline in teenage opioid use is especially steep.

On Adolescents & Sex

the proportion of Americans aged 20–24 who report having no sexual partner since the age of 18 rose from 6.3% for the cohort born in the late 1960s to 15.2% for those born in the early 1990s.Japan is a more extreme case. In 2015, 47% of unmarried 20- to 24-year-old Japanese men said they had never had sex with a woman, up from 34% in 2002.

On Adolescents & Work

In 2016 just 43% of American 16- to 19-year-olds were working in July, during the summer holidays — down from 65% two decades earlier. . . . The fall in summer working has been mirrored by a rise in summer studying.

On Adolescents & Technology

In [using social media to exchange gossip and different social exchange], they pass up some opportunities to develop deep emotional connections with their friends, which are built on non-verbal cues as well as verbal ones.

. . .

But strong evidence that technology is rewiring teenagers’ minds is so far lacking. American and British data show that, although heavy internet use is associated with unhappiness, the correlation is weak. One paper on Britain by Andrew Przybylski and Netta Weinstein suggests that heavy computer and smartphone use lower adolescents’ mood much less than skipping breakfast or skimping on sleep.

The Difference Between Youths

One way of thinking about the differences between the youth of today and yesterday is that today’s lot are taking it slow. They are slow to drink, have sex and earn money. They will also probably be slow to leave home, get married and have children. What looks to older generations like indolence and a reluctance to grow up might be, at least in part, a response to medical developments. Babies born today in a rich country can expect to live for at least 80 years. Goodness knows at what age they will be entitled to state pensions. Today’s young people have all the time in the world.

3. Another Fantastic Article by Zat Rana (Find Him on Medium): What is the Point of Being Alive?

In this one he talks about Albert Camus and his famous essay Myth of Sisyphus. First of all, if you haven’t yet, I really recommend reading the book.

Second of all, Rana touches on the important bases without misrepresenting Camus’ work in its entirety. This is something that I have been trying to do more of, which is why I respect it so much.

It is much more difficult than it seems.

4. Article: Human Beings Are Wired for Morality

Some very important points. He quotes from Charles Darwin:

Any animal whatever, endowed with well-marked social instincts, the parental and filial affections being here included, would inevitably acquire a moral sense or conscience, as soon as its intellectual powers had become as well developed, or nearly as well developed, as in man.

And Franz de Waal:

A human being growing up in isolation would never arrive at moral reasoning. Such a [person] would lack the experience to be sensitive to others’ interests, hence lack the ability to look at the world from any perspective other than his or her own. I thus agree with Darwin and Smith that social interaction must be at the root of moral reasoning.

He also includes this hilarious video from de Waal’s TED talk:

5. Trap Nation

Trap Nation does some fantastic remixes, I’ve really been digging Iggy Azalea’s “Black Widow” tune.

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Jakub Ferencik

Jakub Ferencik


Author of “Up in the Air” & “Beyond Reason” available on AMAZON | MA McGill Uni | Research assistant for EUROPEUM Prague | 500+ blog posts with 1+ mil. views