Episode 30 – “Love of Self”

In recent years, researchers have sounded the warning that narcissism is on the rise in our culture, particularly among the emerging generations. If this is true, the tendency towards following self rather than following God will thwart our spiritual growth and development. Where does this focus on self come from? How is it being manifested in our lives? And what can we do to lead ourselves and our kids into a lifestyle of allegiance to God and service to others, when the world encourages us to look out for number one? We’ll be talking about the tendency towards too much focus on me, myself and I, on this episode of Youth Culture Matters.

Walt and Jason begin the podcast with a discussion about a new college course, social media replacing drugs, social media and violence, the cost of raising a child, shortening sports broadcasts because of the shortening attention spans of Millennials, and the epidemic of stress among kids.


Links to news stories mentioned in the podcast:
University of Washington could offer course in ‘BS’
Are Teens Replacing Drugs With Social Media?
Live Video Grows as Platform to Broadcast Violence
Yikes! In the US, parenting now costs $233K per child
NBA will consider shortening games due to millennial attention spans
The growing teen epidemic: Stress

Other resources and links:
Monitoring the Future study
Common Sense Media and The Common Sense Census: Media Use By Tweens and Teens
Why some 13-year-olds check social media 100 times a day
The Power of the Like in Adolescence: Effects of Peer Influence on Neural and Behavior Responses to Social Media
Sexual Jump Start: Diving Into “The Big Talk” seminar presented by Walt Mueller and Jason Soucinek

Books Mentioned:
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CPYU Highly recommends the book below be purchased through Hearts & Minds Bookstore.

Habits of the Heart: Individualism and Commitment in American Life by Robert N. Bellah, Richard Madsen, William M. Sullivan, Ann Swidler, and Steven M. Tipton
A Secular Age by Charles Taylor
How (NOT) to be Secular: Reading Charles Taylor by James K. A. Smith
Divine Sex: A Compelling Vision for Christian Relationships in a Hypersexualized Age by Jonathan Grant
Impossible People: Christian Courage and the Struggle for the Soul of Civilization by Os Guinness

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