Teen Tech-Addiction - A Serious Issue?
Is Teen Addiction a Serious Issue? Experts Say Yes!
Today's American children are spending too much time on their screens. New studies show that our nation's youth spend roughly nine hours a day on some form of electric media. Needless to say, because of their overuse, teens are particularly susceptible to health and behavioral consequences from watching/listening to unhealthy tv, movies, negative lyrical content in music, and inappropriate internet content.
Experts say too much exposure to these electric medias are partly to blame for American adolescent's rise in negative behavioral patterns such as aggression, sexualization, anxiety, depression, obesity, drug use, and sleep disorders.
As to why screen time is affecting the behavior of adolescents, experts say it's because of the modern convenience of today's internet surfing.
Smartphones provide our nation's youth with the ability to carry the internet with them wherever they might choose to take it. Additionally, smartphones allow teens to communicate with strangers just as easily as they can their friends and family.
To put it simply, adolescents struggle with using the all-powerful internet in moderation. By continuously spending 9 hours a day on the web, it's only a matter of time before an adolescent is affected by the imminent threat of harmful web pages, images, videos, culture, and/or strangers.
Furthermore, it's important for parents to understand their role as a monitor for their child's online usage. By establishing fair and appropriate boundaries for their child's online usage, a parent is able to further eliminate negative repercussions of their child being over exposed to the internet.
Tips for Parents of Teens Who Spend Too Much Time Online
PsychologyToday.com recently wrote an article for parents of teens who are overexposed to the internet. In the article, they list the possible consequences of online over-exposure, as well as parenting tips on how to avoid them.
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Glued to screens on cellphones, tablets, laptops, and TVs, average American kids now use electronic media about 9 hours a day. Exposure to unhealthy TV, movies, music, and Internet content during childhood is linked to many detrimental health and behavioral consequences such as aggression, sexualization, anxiety, depression, obesity, drug use, and sleep disorders.
Smartphones allow kids to carry the Internet with them and make it possible to see and hear almost anything, anytime, and from anyone, including images, videos, TV shows, music, and movies. Smartphones also permit 24/7 communications with peers and strangers. And isn’t it frustrating when kids won’t engage in conversation or look up from their phones when you’re trying to talk to them?