Spoiled Children of Divorce

Adverse Childhood Experiences and Overuse of Social Media

According to a study reviewed in The American Journal of Preventative Medicine (VOLUME 60, ISSUE 4, P462-470, APRIL 01, 2021), children age 6 – 17 are three times more likely to suffer from overuse of digital media if they have an ACE Score of more than 4. Having good parents mitigates the problem.

That means that Children of Divorce are more vulnerable because they are much more likely to have at least one parent who is neglecting them.

Also means that they can get high paying jobs in the tech industry without going to college because they will have so much more practice than their peers. I also remember the little rash of teenage girls a while back who committed suicide after being raped at a party and cyber bullied with photos of the incident afterward.


There are 9 (or 10) factors included in the ACE study. Maybe I’m wrong but I don’t think that “Divorce” was counted in the original study. Rather death or disappearance of a parent was a factor. Each factor counts as one point:

There are 10 types of childhood trauma measured in the CDC-Kaiser Permanente Adverse Childhood Experiences Study. (There are many others…see below.) Five are personal — physical abuse, verbal abuse, sexual abuse, physical neglect, and emotional neglect. Five are related to other family members: a parent who’s an alcoholic, a mother who’s a victim of domestic violence, a family member in jail, a family member diagnosed with a mental illness, and experiencing divorce of parents.


The ACE Study was first performed by a Kaiser Doctor who worked with overweight patients and noticed a trend of childhood trauma in his patients. There is a link between childhood trauma and chronic illness later in life.

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