Nowadays people are facing another problem which at first appears as a way to simplify your life. Teens are facing technology addiction, parents facing it too and in the future the children also. According to James Steyer, Common Sense founder, the transformation that has been made through technology is way too big. It affects the relationship between parent and child, the social interaction and even the ability to focus on the work you have to perform.
After just a decade, technology has greatly improved but if not handled properly; it can have severe consequences. Studies have shown that our brains are now,more than ever, focusing on multitasking which could be exhausting even for adults.Moreover, most of the teens said that during their homework they are used to use social media platforms, watch TV and text on the mobile phones. It is a pretty big multitasking effort which in time will become even harder for the brain to handle and will certainly leave its mark.
The key answer to solve the issue that teens are facing the technology addiction is not going back to the time where there was no technology at all but to use wiser methods to use the social media. According to Steyer, parents should first set some boundaries. The time they win by using these boundaries could be used to encourage the teens creativity and to help them explore the surroundings without being constantly focused on their phones. Moreover, this time, can be used to consolidate the relationship between parent and child.
A good schedule would also help a lot in this process by limiting their access to their phones after 9 p.m. when it is important that they should prepare for their sleep. And last but not least, they should be encouraged to enjoy a conversation and to understand how social media should be used to avoid suffering the consequences of addiction.
Parents should also apply those rules on themselves as they make no exception. Their addiction gives a bad example to their children and encourages them to imitate their parents’ behavior. By applying these rules to all the members of a family,better communication will develop, and everyone will understand how technology should be used. Thus, we won’t have teens facing technology addiction any longer.