Is your teen really addicted to social media? Everyone is on their phones these days and while some say there’s no problem with technological development, research is demonstrating there may be problems with social media misuse for teenage development. Let’s talk about some signs of teen dependency on social media, some social media abuse facts you should know and how to stop teen social media addiction.
Teen Dependency on Social Media
A recent study shows that the average teenager will check their social media up to 100 times per day. Many are checking the status updates of their recent posts and get such a dopamine rush from getting attention online that it becomes their main source of connecting with others.
As parents, it can be extremely difficult to manage social media usage in teenagers.
What do we do when we can’t get teenagers off of their screens and engaged in the real world?
Social Media Abuse Facts
According to this article, a teenager may spend up to 9 hours every day on social media.
Furthermore, this research study published in 2018 found that teens who spent over 5 hours on their phones per day were twice as likely to develop depressive symptoms than those who spend less than 1 hour per day on their phones and more time engaging in real world activities.
How to Stop Teen Social Media Addiction
First, it’s much easier to add activities to your teen’s life than focusing on taking things away. A great way to get your teen off their phone is encourage them to engage in extracurricular activities.
Art? Clubs? Athletic activities?
Whatever activities get your teen excited and brings them a sense of social connection, invest in those activities.
Second, have conversations with them about their social media use. This will help keep you connected and aware of what they’re doing online. What accounts do they like to follow and why? Is their social media identity the same as their real world view of themselves? These are all great topics to get your teen thinking about their screen use and the purpose of these apps.
Third, some teens may have gone over the edge with their social media addiction and need a greater intervention than they can get at home. In these cases, we recommend enrolling them in a program that will model and teach healthy social media and internet use.
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