Hot Take: The Teens Are the Sanest of Us All

In lengthy features, the New York Times and Atlantic unpacked the epidemic of teen sadness, pointing to neuroscience, puberty onset, parenting styles, and pandemic loneliness as key drivers. But what if the dominant framing is both missing the point and compounding the issue? What if the teens are not “mentally ill,” but rather having a normal, healthy response to a highly dysfunctional world?