If your kids are anything like mine, I haven’t seen their face without a screen since I bought it. In his new article, Tyler Jacobson outlines the 7 key factors that prompt pre teens and teens to seek out their phone. Topics such as boredom, anxiety, stress, school work and an inability to communicate with you may just be a few of the reasons why. Tyler also provides helpful suggestions such as offering substitutes and implementing a ridged routine to help get your kids off their phones and more engaged with the world around them.
- Teens are admitting that they are addicted to their phones, and parents are upset that they are staying up too late, and on their phones too much.
- Teens are bored, and phones offer entertainment and feeds the dopamine in the brain that comes with addiction.
- Teens who are facing rejection or stress turn to their phone for avoidance, but even school work can get them on their phones, and before you know it, their search has led elsewhere.
“Anxiety is a common reaction to stressful situations. Whenever teens get anxious, e.g., when seated in a waiting room or when faced with a socially awkward situation, they whip out their phones to distract themselves from feelings of discomfort.”