Impressionable kids, who have psychological issues are influenced by social media? Who would have ever thought of that? Brown doesn’t have the courage of NPR, to report something that goes against the liberal narrative.
What’s sad is that Brown University had to commission a study to discover a phenomenon that that’s been referring to as “fashionably gay” and “fashionably trans” for years now. You know when something seems cool, all the kids want to be that so they can be cool too!
Brown University is censoring findings from its own study on transgender youth, which found evidence that teens can be influenced by social media and their friend circles to want to change their gender identity.
Brown took down a news article about the study on “rapid-onset gender dysphoria,” a phenomenon where teens in a friend group who never experienced questions about their gender before, suddenly identify as transgender at the same time. This occurs typically after a flood of social media use, and binge-watching YouTube videos about transitioning.
The Daily Wire first reported Brown’s removal of its transgender research. The Ivy League university claims it is still committed to “academic freedom.”
“In on-line forums, parents have been reporting that their children are experiencing what is described here as ‘rapid-onset gender dysphoria,’ appearing for the first time during puberty or even after its completion,” wrote the study’s author Lisa Littman, an assistant professor in behavioral sciences at Brown. “The onset of gender dysphoria seemed to occur in the context of belonging to a peer group where one, multiple, or even all of the friends have become gender dysphoric and transgender-identified during the same timeframe.”
The study was published in PLOS One, a peer-reviewed science journal, earlier this month. The study was based on 256 parent-completed surveys. Over 62 percent of the teens had previously been diagnosed with at least one mental health disorder or neurodevelopmental disability.
Parents reported their children “exhibited an increase in social media/internet use prior to disclosure of a transgender identity.” Findings led to the hypothesis that “friends and online sources could spread certain beliefs.”
For instance, parents said they witnessed “clusters of gender dysphoria outbreaks” in their children’s friend circles “in a pattern that seems statistically unlikely based on previous research.” More
Of course, the conclusions of the study blow the prevailing narrative, so it must be sucked down the memory hole. It’s very interesting how Leftist ‘peer pressure’ on Brown University caused them to censure their own study.
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