The 2022 cell phone usage statistics state that our teens are addicted to their screens. They engage in obsessive tech-related behavior, sleep too little, and suffer from FOMO when they’re not plugged in. This ‘fomo’ actually has a medical term called ‘nomophobia‘ which means ‘no mobile phone phobia.’ What is the parents’ role in all this? How can they help their kids avoid mental health disorders due to technology addictions?
What is Tech Addiction?
Tech Dependence and Technology Withdrawal Symptoms
Technology dependency can manifest through nomophobia (no mobile phone phobia) impulsivity, depression, substance abuse, and drinking problems. If not treated properly, these issues can continue throughout adolescence and into adult life.
Symptoms Of Technology Withdrawal
- Increased young adult anxiety
- Moodiness or moody Teenager
- Increase Negative Thoughts
- Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
- The excessive desire to play video games or indulge in online shopping.
- Psychosis in definite cases
- Difficulty in maintaining peer relations
- Social isolation
- Low self-esteem
Prevalence of Technology Addiction in Teen- Internet addiction disorder
Teenagers spend 40+ hours a week scrolling through their mobile devices, and 62% use social media every day. Studies have shown that girls are more likely to become addicted to social networking sites like Instagram, TikTok, and Snapchat than boys (68% vs. 57%). We offer Teen internet addiction treatment as part of our teen mental health treatment program and teen IOP programs.
How Technology Addiction Impacts the Teen Brain
The use of technology is not the same as using drugs or consuming alcohol, but the human brain processes both addictions similarly. Getting various likes and comments on a picture can release a rush of the dopamine chemical in your brain – very similar to using drugs or if your child is drinking alcohol. To cure these addictions Key Healthcare is here to help you with the best addiction treatment program for troubled teens.
Depression and Technology Dependence
Recovery From Technology Addiction is Possible
The first step in recovering from technology addiction is to recognize there is a problem and understand the triggers that push the excessive use of the internet. The next step is to fully understand the extent of the smartphone usage that is occurring. Key Healthcare has several different therapy types and programs for troubled teens built specifically for each individual’s needs. Some of the therapy types we practice are listed below and we also offer individual teen therapy, group teen therapy, and family therapy.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET)
Managing Gaming For Teens
- Motivate teenagers to be involved in various sports or free-time activities to maintain good teenager mental health and help prevent social media addictions.
- Mandatory turn off all digital devices and screens at meals and at least one hour before bedtime.
- Always research games before letting your teen play. Is it appropriate for their age? Make sure to look at the game rating, and read reviews online. You’ll most likely find parental groups doing the same.
- Spending time with your teens to learn about their days, and talk together.
- Turn off TVs and other digital devices when not in use. Don’t leave screens ON if you are busy with other work, such as mealtime. This will set a good example in front of teens.
Tips for Managing Smartphones Among teens
- Ask the teen to leave their phone aside for one day in a week.
- There are so many apps for every problem and ease our difficulties. Few can help us to control our time on devices. Hence, use such apps that can support control on a smartphone.
6 Tips To Manage Technology At Night
- Parents should practice a schedule that can manage teen lifestyles and prevent addiction.
- Turn off all the push notifications that are possible.
- Delete all the distracting apps from the teen’s home screen or device.
- Keep the device away from your bed to break the cellphone habit.
- Use a smart speaker that can give you relaxation from a digital device for some time.
- Trying to turn on the grayscale of your phone might be helpful.
Key Healthcare is here to help you
The Internet and social media can provide knowledge and information with a few clicks or scrolls. But its excessive usage can lead to addiction, FOMO, and depression. More and more teens are becoming addicted to their phones because of this.
Nowadays, teenagers will be on their phones almost always because it’s how they communicate and ‘stay in touch with one another. If your teen is always on their phone and has difficulty putting it down or feels sad regularly after surfing social media – your teen might be slightly addicted to technology.