‘Really disastrous’: the fragility epidemic that could change Australia

Jul 27, 2019 by

Jonathan Haidt has a prediction. In the not-too-distant future, Aussie backpackers will no longer be found exploring far-flung corners of the world.

The decades-old tradition of setting off with a backpack and a one-way plane ticket will likely be too daunting for a generation who have been sheltered from any kind of risk by their parents, and too alien from the world they have built themselves online.

“I have no data on this, but I am going to predict that it’s going to become less common,” said the New York University social psychologist and co-author of the bestseller, The Coddling of the American Mind.

Professor Haidt was in Australia this week, adding his voice to growing concern about the threat posed not only to children, but to the rest of society by parental over-protection in the middle classes of the English-speaking world.

For generation Z – those born after the mid-1990s – the damage caused by “that terrible idea [that] whatever doesn’t kill you makes you weaker” is evident, he argues.

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