Social Media Addiction -- What's a Parent to Do?

  Addiction is powerful — especially for young people. An addiction can mean a life of unusual struggle and hardship on many levels. But parents can make a difference.

   It appears Americans’ newest addiction is technology, and more precisely social media. This vise-grip is especially strong on young people. A recent online poll conducted earlier this month by SocialSphere and Harvard pollster John Della Volpe proves the point.

   The poll involved just over 1600 regular Facebook and Instagram users. To be clear, Facebook owns Instagram; so, it is extremely easy for people to go back and forth between the two platforms.

   The pollster announced the results of the poll using his Twitter account, noting, in summary, that “[n]early 2/3 of Americans who use platforms believe life was better without them” and that “42% of #GenZ [are] addicted [and] can’t stop if they tried.”

   According to the pollster, the words most commonly used by GenZers after they have been on Facebook are depressed, angry, alone and missing out. In addition, about a third of GenZers indicate that Instagram “negatively impacts their body image,” an amount considerably higher than other age groups’ response.

   GenZ, also called “zoomers,” are those born between 1997 and 2012, ranging in age from 9 to 24. De ...

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