More and more young adults and teenagers are feeling dissatisfied, anxious, and downright sad— this is the troubling trend shown by recent years ‘ surveys of young people. According to the latest figures of today’s teenagers and young adults, there has been a drastic increase in mood disorders and psychological distress.
The acting psychiatrist on the subject of young adults and teenagers, JM Twenge, from the Department of Psychology at San Diego State University, together with her colleagues, carefully studied and analyzed data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health and found alarming figures:
- There has been a rise of 52 percent in mood disorders, prevalent suicidal feelings, and the outcome.
Thankfully, such numbers are not related to people over 26.
Who’s to blame?
JM Twenge and her colleagues suggest that there are two modern causes to blame for this:
- electronic communication growth
- A decrease in the length of social media sleep.
various messengers, and other characteristics of the digital world influence a growing person to a much greater extent than we assume. It seems that the amount of real interaction has already reached its peak, children spend all their leisure time talking with friends online or watching YouTube videos, the content of which may also be the explanation for their mood disorders and unhappiness feelings.
Since the time spent online is moving very high, setting aside the devices and going to sleep on time becomes more difficult. As a result, teenagers began cutting back on their sleeping routine to avoid missing anything online that was significant. It is, however, a well-known fact that good sleep allows the body to recover, gives it the ability to perform better mental tasks and to feel better overall.
How can we get out of this situation?
Nowadays it seems to be of utmost importance to be able to reach their kid at any moment. Therefore, parents may consider it an uphill task to minimize their children’s time online or, more specifically, to try to keep them away from devices while they are in class. It can be a good option to use a SmartWatch — you can always see where the kids are and make sure they don’t surf the web.
Monitoring the internet activities of our children and the time spent online will help keep the mental health of the parents and the children in order. Thankfully, many smartphones have special options that allow parents to limit their children’s screen time, track their children’s content, and regulate the overall access to online activities. A bunch of applications is also available that can help parents with this.
In addition, parents should always be able to find time to talk about the lives of their children and show support, understanding, and empathy when appropriate. Could it be that by remaining online around the clock, children seek to relieve their parents ‘ lack of attention? -we as parents had better start restricting our online time to make the rising generation happy for ourselves first?
Would you think there are more benefits or drawbacks in the new digital era? In the comments, we will be delighted to hear from you!