Rather too much of politics works upon the following lines. Something must be done, this is something, therefore we must do this. Good and hard.

Whether something must be done isn’t considered enough, the viability of what will be done is rarely considered at all and that’s how we end up with the modern world we have:

Teenagers’ social media usage will be limited to no more than a few hours browsing under new proposals outlined by ministers, it has emerged.

Matt Hancock, the secretary of state for digital, culture, media and sport, said there was a “genuine concern” about how long young people were spending online.

He suggested the Government would be looking to tackle worries over the negative impact this might have on children’s health, amid widespread concerns that spending hours on end on social media can affect their psychological well-being.

Given that teenagers, having grown up with these varied computers and technologies that so baffle those rich in maturity, will be around any controls in less time than Matt Hancock can Tweet something it’s not going to work, is it?

But it’s also not desirable in two manners.

Firstly, limit something to teenagers and they’ll want more of it. This is something the chocolate manufacturers learnt a century and more back. Peeps working in a choccy bar factory will eat the choccy bars. That is, after all, why they’re being made, because peeps like to eat them. You could, obviously, try to hire only those who don’t like the stuff. Or those so filled with restraint that they’d ignore a free selection from the thousands running down a production line and actually buy their own later.

Or, what has traditionally been done, insist that they can have as many, free and gratis, as they like while still within the factory. And then watch as they gorge themselves for three days and stop. We know this is how it works out as the incidence of pimpled whales in choccy factory workers is no higher than that in the general population. Well, that around Brum perhaps so don’t take that to be entirely representative of Britain.

Secondly – and candidly – let us assume that social media consumption is dangerous or harmful to those budding intellects. We’d like them to gorge on it then limit consumption, wouldn’t we? Back to our chocco workers then.

But, you know, government, do something, this is something. We should not be so negative though, should we? It is not on for us to always and entirely be Negative Nellies – despite the most useful function of political discussion being to insist that no one should be doing that damn fool thing – so a positive suggestion.

Let us improve the psychological well-being of the children of today. In order to make a better world for tomorrow, of course. Abolish grievance studies, that’ll do it.

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bloke in spain

Funny how no-one points out the dangers of overuse of social media by politicians…

Rhoda Klapp
Rhoda Klapp

Oh for a political class which would respect some kind of boundary to their inclination to interfere and to control stuff which is none of their business… This example is not a real problem. Nor are disposable plastic cups. Nor obesity. But will they do anything about real problems for which they ARE responsible? Will they eckerslyke.


The New Hampshire House has just killed (292-39) a bill to dictate exactly which beverages can be listed on the children’s menu at restaurants. A co-sponsor said kids would still be able to order them from the regular menu, so no harm done, then launched into his good intentions. No use trying to discuss boundaries with him!


Bloke on M4
Bloke on M4

this is just conservative bollocks, like watching the old media complaining about video nasties. I doubt Matt Hancock even gives a shit. He’s in charge of blocking porn which is supposed to come into effect next month, but there’s still no structures implemented.

Social media is awesome. Why anyone watches TV any longer is beyond me.


There’s also the intellectual blindness that “do nothing” is an allowable option.

We need to do something about the post-Brexit Irish border. Solution: do nothing.
Wah wah, but that’s not doing something, that’s doing nothing!
No, doing “nothing” is still doing *something*. The “something” is “nothing”.