‘Neoluddism’ or the rejection of modern technology

Recently the newspaper of New York Times could follow the daily life of the “Luddite Club”, a group of Brooklyn high school students that promotes a lifestyle of self-emancipation from social media and technology. Its 25 members have decided to give up their smartphones, but also social network. They also offer one-hour digital cures to other students.

surplus? Better self-esteem, reduced anxiety related to social networks, increasing interest in reading and nature.

To participate: physical appointments and flip phones. Your source of inspiration? A book from 1996, “Into the wilderness” by Jon Krakauer, the true story of Chris McCandless, a young man who died trying to live in the Alaskan wilderness.

According to a study by the American marketing company Hill Holliday on Generation Z (born after 1995) half of those surveyed said they had quit or were considering quitting at least one social media platform. In 2020, in the United States, a movement called “Log Off”, which defines itself as a youth movement by teenagers for teenagers, decided to provide a space for conversation about the evils of social networks. and how to use them more healthily. The movement has engaged with thousands of teenagers in more than a dozen countries, documenting the stories of a growing generation worried about leaving his sanity in the hands of for-profit technology companies.

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