Teens’ social media addiction has become a rampant issue for parents of teenagers to deal with, ever since this 21st century. The content on the social media these days makes many believe that this innovation will completely fill out for the physical meetings and bonds that existed in the early 70’s and 80’s when visiting neighbors and family members were of topmost priority. Little did they know that this supposed unifying technology will soon pull all attention to itself rather than conveying and unifying many people from different locations.
During my recent visit to a friend’s place, I overheard her 15-year-old daughter crying about how she was beginning to feel sick since her monthly data subscription had been out for a week, this propelled me to reflect on how strong the grip of social media has become in the lives of most teenagers today. The desire to keep up with the latest trends on Instagram, Houseparty, twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Whatsapp and other social networking applications have turned many young teenagers into social media addicts.
The recent rampant complaints from parents of teen girls who have observed that their teenagers become moody and act grumpy whenever they are compelled to spend some physical time alone with their families, have been quite alarming, and this is because they feel it robs them of their social media time.
Gone a’ the days when boredom sets in only during summer holidays or when a ‘no television sanction’ has been placed on teenagers, because now the attention of most teenagers have shifted from the television to their smart phones, of which no other thing keeps them busy with their phones for 24hours except any of the social media platforms.
The fact that most teens have become so attached to the social media Teenagers have simultaneously given room to a rise of smartphone addiction and this is the new epidemic parents of teens have to combat with in this techie age.
It is not a surprise that in recent times, most mothers of teenagers have been on the lookout for solutions to the social media addition issues suffered by their teenage children. Notwithstanding, some carefree parents are still unable to clearly point out signs that say their teen is addicted to the social media. A mum who has repeatedly observed that the very first thing her teen reaches out for every single day is her phone, should suspect her teenager may be struggling with social media addiction, especially if the reason they check their phone is to check out various social media platforms. Also, teenagers who check their social media page frequently and recurrently throughout a day are very likely to be experiencing this addiction too.
Parents of teenagers should be mindful of when their teenagers become unable to enjoy the happenings in their lives without sharing it all over on social media. If your teen seems unable to enjoy meals and times spent with friends and family without “sharing it” on various social media platforms, they may be struggling with social media addiction. Normal users of social media are able to enjoy their daily life activities without flooding it all over on social media. Ignoring a teen who consistently displays obvious signs of social media addiction, is not the best option since it has been proven that the effects of social media addiction can ultimately affect other aspects of the teenager’s life and future.
Social media addiction amongst teenagers is a challenge that can be conquered but this cannot be done alone, parents must walk hand in hand with their teenagers to proffer solution to this challenge which seems to be eating deep into the teenage population. Don’t let the real world leave your 16-year-old daughter behind, just because she lives on Instagram, Facebook, WhatsApp or snapshat all day long.
It is still an obvious fact that most parents ignore the symptoms of social media addiction displayed by their teenagers, failing to realize that Teens’ relationship to social media addiction has become a big topic today. Parents who are willing to raise children who aware of their environment might not necessarily be parents who control everything about the way their teens interact with social media, but they certainly assist their teenagers with creating a positive sense of self that doesn’t require validation from an online world.