With today’s youth growing up with easy access to smartphones, the instant accessibility of messaging, social media, games and other distractions is always one finger click away. Popularity is now measured in likes, comments and friend requests, and the ding from a new text or an alert from social media creates instant gratification for peer approval and acceptance.
Yet, it’s the tantalizing lure of connectivity—the online social world, the updates, the apps and the powerful feelings of happiness associated with the device—that lulls teens into an almost dependence or addiction. Social media and virtual communication can make and break reputations. Both good and bad images can go viral, and the attention a teen receives from the wired social world also can inflate or implode their self-esteem. The phone that once served as a means of communication has evolved into a digitized nightmare. Continue Reading →