In this day and age, connection between people isn’t always physical or in person. In many ways, connection has become more about “likes” and “comments” than about making actual time for each other.
There are many camps of thought on this, but certainly one area of thinking says that all of this is caused by our dependence on one particular aspect of technology, and that is social media.
Social media runs many individuals’ lives. In fact, it not only runs many older adults’ lives, but it also runs teens’ lives. In this way, we are referring to how addicted many teens are to social media platforms.
Using Social Media as a Teen
Some research has been done on how addicted teens are to social media, and the outcome hasn’t been too good. In fact, a great number of teenagers have been found to experience depression and loneliness as a direct result of using social media on a regular basis.
How to Handle a Teen Who Is Addicted to Social Media
If you have a teen who uses social media, take some important steps to ensure their safety and wellbeing. First, monitor what they do on social media. As a parent, it’s your right and duty. Second, limit the amount of time that they can use social media on a daily basis. In addition and as a last resort if kids are resisting stopping social media after a certain amount of time, keep computers and phones out of the bedroom.