The secret lives of screen-addicted teens

The source article from which the below quote was taken is a detailed desciption of what an social media addict does during a typical day. Unfortunately I seem to see more and more of these young addicts every day.

The best thing is the little notification box, which means someone liked, tagged, or followed her on Instagram. She has 604 2016-06-12_11-45-40.pngfollowers. There are only 25 photos on her page, because she deletes most of what she posts. The ones that don’t get enough likes, don’t have good enough lighting, or don’t show the coolest moments in her life must be deleted.

Somewhere, maybe at this very moment, neurologists are trying to figure out what all this screen time is doing to the still-forming brains of people Katherine’s age, members of what’s known as Generation Z. Educators are trying to teach them that not all answers are Google-able. Counselors are prying them out of internet addictions. Parents are trying to catch up by friending their kids on Facebook. (P.S. Facebook is obsolete.) Sociologists, advertisers, stock market analysts — everyone wants to know what happens when the generation born glued to screens has to look up and interact with the world.

via The secret lives of screen-addicted teens

This is a somewhat distressing portrayal of young people today.  Like everything else, if something is taken to the extreme or becomes addictive it causes far more harm than good.  Being an observer of life I love to go to the local mall and just sit and watch people.  For the last half dozen years or more cell phones have been frequent travelers with many people, especially the teenage and slightly beyond crowd.  But it was not until recently that I noticed that many now constantly cling to them instead of putting them in their pockets.  I guess they are afraid of missing a tweet or someone who “likes” them.

Sadly many are replacing daily face to face interactions with others around them with an electronic dependence. Every generation has its thing that drives the elders crazy. For my generation it was probably TV, especially the violent kind. They said it was ruining our minds. There was some truth in that but not to the extreme for most of us.  We turned out just fine.  I think the same thing will be said of this generation of those who savagely cling to their media devices. Most, but not all, sooner or later they will put them down and look across the table at the person sitting with them.

Generation Z seems to be a lame description of the latest teens.  What comes after “Z”? Surely someone can come up with a catchier phrase to describe today’s teenagers….

2 thoughts on “The secret lives of screen-addicted teens

  • Like all youth, engage them where they are at. I don’t know many 14-25 year olds. Those I do know, I enjoy chatting with. It is all in the parenting.
    BTW- Facebook may be obsolete to your article, but it is the main source of conversation, communication and debate within my nephews and nieces (24-38 yr olds). It is a joy to keep up with them in this manner. If they did not use it, I would know very little about their lives since so many of them live more then 2,000 miles away from me.

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  • I don’t personally know very many in the age category either Jan and since I am not a parent I don’t have experience in that area either. But I do agree that Facebook is the way I keep up with many of my friends. Most of the communications with the kids is with other kids so maybe while they don’t use FB between themselves they still us it with all us old folks. (ha).

    I don’t think the article is trying to say that any of this new media is a bad thing but instead that when it is taken to the extreme it can be harmful. Just like anything else taken to the extreme.

    Thanks for the thoughts Jan….

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