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Screen Addiction and Young Adults

SUGAR LAND, Texas July 18, 2011 /PRNewswire-iReach/

Factors Driving this Trend

Numerous factors are driving this trend of screen-based emotional dysfunction.   Like most highly addictive activities, availability and convenience are big causative factors for the proliferation of screen addiction.  Since screen-based technology is replacing written media as the norm for communication, young people have increasingly high levels of access to screen-based activities.  So the technology itself is partly the culprit for this explosion of technology addiction.  Also, adolescents and young adults often struggle developmentally with identity issues; communicating through screen based technology allows them to "try on" new behaviors/identities in a hidden or secretive way before they decide who they are in a face to face relationship.  This can lead to delays in actually developing a stable independent identity.  

Because of the hidden, secretive nature of screen-based technology, adolescents and young adults are also able to fulfill their need for thrills and rule breaking, so there is often a high incidence of high-risk or illicit online activity in this population.

Parents may also inadvertently promote the overuse or misuse of technology and should be attentive to this issue.  This is because screen-based technologies provide an incredibly convenient parenting tool.  Busy parents as well as those with their own emotional difficulties or life stresses may overuse this tool to avoid having to deal directly with their children’s difficult behaviors.

How to Address the Problem

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Gayle Jensen-Savoie is the executive director of Fulshear Ranch Academy Fulshear

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SOURCE Fulshear Ranch Academy

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