I frequently discuss how the digital age is effecting teens today.
Over Indulgence of Media and Entertainment
If your child is easily bored doing simple, but necessary, tasks to the point of sullenness, he’s likely suffering—to some degree—from a condition known as anhedonia.
Before you hire a shrink with a quick medication-dispensing trigger finger, first consider how much media and entertainment your child is consuming and multi-tasking on.
American kids are being turned into over-indulged digital zombies by the millions.
Giving your child regular outdoor play and work options helps reverse anhedonia’s effects—effects often accepted as mere adolescent folly.
Social Media is Devaluing Relationships
Another example of how the digital age is effecting teens is the way social media has changed our view of friendship.
Facebook, in particular, has certainly convoluted the term friendship—turning friendship into more of a nebulous performance-based pursuit—a pseudo-relationship based more on style than on substance.
Teaching our kids about commitment and integrity are key components to teaching them about real friendship.
Proverbs 18:24 says, “A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there’s a friend that sticks closer than a brother.”
The many friends our kids brag about having on Facebook are most often little more than companions—if that.
Picture provided Johan Larsson
Conversation Starter: How have you noticed your teen’s overindulgence in media and entertainment effects their relationships, i.e., with you, classmates or other family members?