Today we live in a world that’s massively interconnected through technology. With the flick of a finger, you can contact someone leagues away around the planet. More information is available than ever before, more distractions are available than ever before–and it can have consequences. Teen technology overuse is becoming one of these consequences.
teen technology overuseBeing able to properly use technology is obviously an important part of life now, but many teens don’t know how to use it properly. Instead, they form negative bonds with it, misusing it and essentially making their lives harder.

Drug use goes down, teen technology overuse goes up

Let’s start with the good news: the rate that teenagers, ages 12 to 17, are drinking and smoking has been nearly halved in less than 15 years. That’s no small feat and we should celebrate that win as a country.
Now for the bad news: teen technology overuse may be replacing drugs. While drug and alcohol use in teenagers have plummeted, the use of technology has increased. I know what your first thought will be: “Well, isn’t that a good thing?”
Not necessarily. While stimulation and amusement through technology can be absolutely fine and harmless, it can also be a gateway into isolation, attention issues, and addictive behavior towards technology.
That’s right, I said “addictive” when referring to technology. More and more research is being put into understanding the true effects of teen technology overuse and whether it’s harmful or not. Many show that it’s pretty harmful when it gets out of hand.
Besides the fact that texting and driving continues to prevail as one of the largest deadly issues connected to technology, studies show that certain types of technology can produce an effect similar to a “high.”
One expert in the field went so far as to call smartphones “portable dopamine pumps.” And some parents claimed they’re more afraid of devices than drugs nowadays. Many teenagers are rarely without their devices, especially smartphones. Some even sleep with them. If that’s not a scary level of attachment, I’m not sure what is.
Teen technology overuse can seriously get in the way of daily life. From making it difficult to discuss important issues with your teen to your teen getting panic attacks when separated from their devices, this is obviously a very real, very serious problem arising in today’s world.

blueFire Wilderness can help your family

blueFire Wilderness is a wilderness therapy program that offers help for troubled teens, ages 11 to 17, grappling with depression, ADHD, addiction, teen technology overuse, and other emotional or behavioral problems.
We understand that this is a difficult and confusing time for the whole family, but we’re here to guide you through it. At blueFire, we strive to help each client find their inner confidence and succeed.
For more information about how we treat teen technology overuse at blueFire Wilderness, please call 1 (844) 413-1999 today.

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