Your Teen's Night Time Phone Time May Make Them A Danger in the Day Time
Bleary-eyed teens are making their way onto high-school campuses every morning. While there is still much debate about the harm in making teens and their growing brains go to school so early, there is no doubt that spending late night hours with the gleaming light of their cell phone as too much company doesn’t help.
More and more teens are staying up late—usually without their parents’ knowledge—browsing social media and texting friends. They seem to have no problem staying awake until two or three in the morning, but then are forced to get behind the wheel and go to school, while their parents’ merely see a teen who is having the usual morning struggle.
A recent study backs up such claims. Over four hundred secondary students in Scotland were interviewed, and many admitted to using their smartphones and tablets (sometimes concurrently) far into the night. Such a mass use of electronics and their connections is indicative of the truly deeper problem: Electronic addiction.
Is My Teen Addicted to Their Cellphone?
A Baylor university study confirms that the addiction to smartphones and other such devices manifest themselves in the same manner: Users find themselves anxious without their device, or spend far too many hours using it for the many things it offers—through parities, meals, family time, and of course, hours that should be spent resting.
This, concludes Dr. Heather Leland Woods, a professor at Glasgow University, is precisely what is hurting school-aged children. She asserts, “Adolescence can be a period of increased vulnerability for the onset of depression and anxiety, and poor sleep quality may contribute to this.”
Wingate Wilderness Therapy is a program that helps redirect struggling teens and young adults back into a more wholesome lifestyle, using an “unplugged” method of therapy.
After all, Internet addiction can often be just one of several co-occurring problems (motivation, defiant disorders, eating disorders, trauma, substance abuse, etc.), all of which can be treated effectively with Wingate’s program.
Wingate Wilderness Therapy is a highly successful and sought-after program that helps teens face their issues and take their own accountability in things. We firmly believe that the teens and young adults who come to us are capable of making better choices and recognizing their own potential. To find out more, call us at (800) 560-1599.