Psychologist Dr. Jean Twenge stated last September in The Atlantic that, “The twin rise of the smartphone and social media has caused an earthquake of a magnitude we’ve not seen in a very long time, if ever.” This declaration speaks to the growing concerns around student’s mental health and well-being in the classroom and both on and off campus. Students are buckling under the pressures to succeed, be financially stable, and find meaning in their education.
In Kim Samuel’s newest article, “Helping Every Student be ‘Whole’”, she highlights the impact of social media and smartphones on student well-being, focusing on the importance of looking at students as a “whole person” and not just budding academics. To teach to the whole student, we must begin by building connectedness within the classroom. But these intentions must also be embedded at every level of leadership, from professors to university administrators.