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China's terrifying social credit system - and how it's already happening in the West!

In China's 'smart cities' there are video cameras spying everywhere. Paul Joseph Watson points out how tech giants in the West are bringing the same kind of thing to internet media platforms, from which you may be banned if you stray outside the prescribed norms.

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I have recently read a US psychology article about the greatly increased numbers of young people who are assessed as depressed, testing covering the last 50 to 70 years! In brief the article relates how the increases in depression are not about external circumstances or threats but about the degree to which subjects feel they have control over their lives. There has also been a shift over time in the sort of goals young people have for their lives from goals formulated by self to imposed goals, like material wealth and achievements that will be approved of socially. The author puts forward the hypothesis that there is a causal link between the increased "extrinsic" goal setting and a decrease in opportunities for free play (where children work out problems for themselves in an unstructured situation) since they have coincided. I have certainly noticed in Australia, an increase in parental supervision of children's out of school time with organised activities and organised sports or after school care. A year or so ago I saw a television documentary where they were able to show that neural brain networks were differently organised in children who played freely, unsupervised by adults and children whose out of school time was more organised and adult-directed. This brings me to the conclusion that the free play issue is also an issue of space- space in which to play. There must be a wealth of research about this as the implications are profound. It looks as though in the US and in Australia (as i think we have the same problems) we are sabotaging the well being of our children and that they will take their troubles into adult life.
Here is a quote from the article:

"The standard measure of sense of control is a questionnaire developed by Julien Rotter in the late 1950s called the Internal-External Locus of Control Scale. The questionnaire consists of 23 pairs of statements. One statement in each pair represents belief in an Internal locus of control (control by the person) and the other represents belief in an External locus of control (control by circumstances outside of the person). The person taking the test must decide which statement in each pair is more true. One pair, for example, is the following:

(a) I have found that what is going to happen will happen.
(b) Trusting to fate has never turned out as well for me as making a decision to take a definite course of action.
In this case, choice (a) represents an External locus of control and (b) represents an Internal locus of control.

Many studies over the years have shown that people who score toward the Internal end of Rotter's scale fare better in life than do those who score toward the External end.[2] They are more likely to get good jobs that they enjoy, take care of their health, and play active roles in their communities—and they are less likely to become anxious or depressed.

In a research study published a few years ago, Twenge and her colleagues analyzed the results of many previous studies that used Rotter's Scale with young people from 1960 through 2002.[3] They found that over this period average scores shifted dramatically—for children aged 9 to 14 as well as for college students—away from the Internal toward the External end of the scale. In fact, the shift was so great that the average young person in 2002 was more External than were 80% of young people in the 1960s. The rise in Externality on Rotter's scale over the 42-year period showed the same linear trend as did the rise in depression and anxiety."

Below is the link to the article

https://www.psychologytoday.com/ca/blog/freedom-learn/201001/the-decline-play-and-rise-in-childrens-mental-disorders?fbclid=IwAR3pQq5pm786v9OkbumddLhF1uCRpcL2KnzUQzK9JE0Iyqjlboqe9okSUPE"