“Smartphone use makes your kids sadder, slower and more isolated and, over time, can kill them. The question is what are we going to do about it? Most parents will do nothing. Not because they don’t want what’s best for their kids; they do, but because in real life it’s just too difficult. Try taking an iPhone away from a seventh-grader. You learn a lot about what addiction means. It’s like trying to get a junkie into rehab. You cannot do it alone.
“Parents need help, and there is no reason that the Congress, which made smartphones possible in the first place, shouldn’t be part of the solution. So here’s an idea: Ban smartphone use for children, pass a federal law tomorrow. Why wouldn’t we do that?
“An addictive product that science has determined gravely harms kids? Sound familiar? Once upon a time people actually argued against age limits for cigarette sales. It’s hard to remember exactly what their arguments were. They seem so mindless and embarrassing now.” – Tucker Carlson, on last night’s show.