From Diary to Social Media: Guest Column

In a video for the Identity Project, Dr. Leonard Sax notes that 20 years ago, many young girls had a diary in which to write, privately, about the journey to discover who they are and what they want. That kind of introspection is healthy and helpful. Today, however, too much mental processing is done on TikTok and Instagram. It’s not private but performative. Think of the teenage girl who takes 100 selfies, choosing two or three to offer her social media audience, after carefully touching them up.  

That is not healthy. As Dr. Sax put it, “The difference between the diary and social media is the difference between living and performing.” 

The constant striving for approval, which rarely comes, from a disembodied online crowd also trying to “perform’’ and, at times, hurt others, inflicts long-term damage on the mental and emotional wellbeing of young girls.  

That’s why, when it comes to teens and social media, the right call is to say “No.” Go to to hear Dr. Sax’s excellent talk. 

Copyright 2024 by the Colson Center for Christian Worldview. Reprinted from with permission.

Group Raises Nearly $350,000 to Put Abortion on the Ballot in Arkansas

The group working to enshrine abortion into the Arkansas Constitution raised $321,461 last month, according to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

The newspaper writes,

Arkansans for Limited Government has raised a total of $348,506 according to a financial disclosure it provided the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

Cheryl and Edward Huffman of Blytheville were the group’s biggest donors, giving Arkansans for Limited Government $150,000 in April.

Democratic Rep. Denise Garner, of Fayetteville, and her husband Hershey Garner, a physician and chair of Arkansans for Limited Government, donated $50,000 to the group in April. Steve Williams, a small business owner from Beebe, also donated $50,000 to the committee.

If passed, the amendment would write abortion into the state constitution, allowing thousands of elective abortions in Arkansas every year.

The amendment does not contain any medical licensing or health and safety standards for abortion, and it automatically nullifies all state laws that conflict with the amendment. That jeopardizes even the most basic restrictions on abortion.

The amendment contains sweeping health exceptions that would permit abortion through all nine months of pregnancy in many cases.

The amendment also would pave the way for publicly funded abortion in Arkansas by changing Amendment 68 to the Arkansas Constitution that currently prohibits taxpayer funded abortion in the state.

Arkansans have generally opposed taxpayer-funded abortion, but taxpayer-funded abortion through all nine months of pregnancy could become a reality in Arkansas if the abortion amendment passes.

To date, multiple organizations have come out against the amendment, including:

You can download a copy of the abortion amendment here.

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