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The Addictive Habit of Teens

Updated on March 21, 2018
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Devika enjoys sharing her work with a friendly community. Writing is a big part of her life. Online work has improved her lifestyle.

Thirteen and social media

Do you Ignore Social Media?

You shouldn't blame modern technology for your teens addictive behavior.

Do you know the modern devices your children are handling these days?

Do you as the parent pay attention to your child's needs?

Are you being the lazy parent, and allowing your teens to have their demands to get rid off your responsibility?

Why is your child using social media?

Children young as five years have cell phones.

Most parents think they are doing right by giving their child at that age a cell phone.

Are they?

Communication is important at any age.

The Internet is the best part of many lives but for a good purpose.

Teens need to understand the meaning of the Internet.

You want to keep up to date with friends Tweeting about you.

To what extent will you go to do that?

How does it make you feel to allow your child have easy access to modern devices at a young age?

It is distressful for young children to constantly check their social media while at school, or during simple conversations with others.

The power of social media in young children is tremendous.

They never want to missout on what is being Tweeted.

It is ridiculous to have such a power over social media at any age.

The worry that others would say mean things about them is a bother to many young children.

Young teens have taken social media and abused it.

A growing teen wants to feel confident and self-worthy.

To actually get into this topic deeper the parents are to blame partially for what is going on with their kids. Most parents give in to their children.

They tend to make parenting a big issue.

Everybody has a family and have day jobs. There is a limit to everything in life.

When you make your choice of having a family you need to commit to that decision as well. You must realize everything else goes with your choice and your decision.

Every detail of discipline starts at home. Most parents don't want to spend time with their children. These parents expect their children to do for themselves.

Then you get those parents who would love to be with their children, but don't have time because of their job demands.

Instead of giving their children what they want they give their children what they need.

A child needs to be loved and cared for not pushed aside with a cell phone in hand.

Teens feel the need to be popular and use social media in a good way and in a bad way.

The lonely child becomes addicted faster to modern technology than those who have proper parental care. Culture has got nothing to do with addictive habits toward social media.

There is bullying and social aggression that affects teens in massive ways.

The aggressive words, or phrases are used in public in social media to attack the others verbally and equally.

This type of behavior shows the anger one has from within and takes it out on others via Twitter or Facebook.

Nobody said don't use social media. Use social media in the appropriate way and within limits.

How can anyone allow social media to take over their normal lives?

Aggressive speech used on Twitter are from young teens.

How can young teenagers speak with such aggression to others via social media?

Texting is a easy way to say whatever you feel to another person. As long they are not communicating face to face they don't care.

Adding friends they barely know allows for more problems.

Children who feel left out of a group become frustrated and are less confident.

Positive behaviors don't show in teens addicted to social media.

Young teens are exposed to the porn on the Internet.

How does that happen to a thirteen year old?

Is it poor parenting or the lack of control?

Is it part of the modern parenting?

Kids should be kids. When you treat a kid as an adult lots can go wrong.

You shouldn't shame a child when they behave appropriately.

Parents who spend most of their days online encourage their children to do the same.

Why do parents give their children smartphones?

You may not think it is a bad idea. In your head you think it is a helpful way to keep your child ahead with modern-details.

The best way is to educate your child about social media, rather than try to dictate to your child.

The constant argument about spending too much time online is not going to rid you of those issues.

Educate your child and allow your child to develop on their own.

Some teens would rather be grounded than lose their phones.

They cyber world is part of many teen's lives.

Children fight on social media. They lose themselves in silly conversations.

Most parents don't understand social media language and as a result they fail to communicate with their children.

Any type of social media can ruin your image.

Teenagers get into conversations get clued up on others talking about them. The pressure to fit in with others is another issue for many teenagers.

They are not positive individuals and not confident enough to mingle with other teens.

There are dangers to social media when you are active daily and for a different focus.

Social networking has its positive and negative issues.

Why do you need to post a new photo of you every day?

You don't know who the other person is on the other side.

Improve the quality of your lifestyle with your family.

A learning lesson for all parents.

You as the parent need to monitor your child's activities online.

If you suspect different behavior in your child after a phone conversation with a friend.

Pay attention!

In some cases when parents ignore their child's conversations they seek help else where.

When you tell your child the following that can be a mistake.

''Don't go into that website''

''Don't chat online.''

''Don't do it.''

You talk to you child as if to say your child knows what you mean. Too many boundaries makes your child curious.

Parents who feel they are at a loss with their children are slowly losing touch with them.

Schools shouldn't allow students to use devices on the premises. Parents shouldn't give these devises to their children.

Face-face communication is crucial to everyone. So children must learn to communicate face-face.

Lessons online won't keep your child away from social media.

The point you don't want your child to be cut off from social media.

Teach your child how to use social media. Modern technology has an education value and an addictive habit too.

Parent and child must balance out their time together and allow for proper conversations about technology.

The problem won't vanish unless parents control the situation.

Sometimes people don't understand each other.

Parents have the power over their children.

Talk to your children make them know you are there to talk to if ever needed.

Don't take away the cell phones and use it as punishment.

Focus on educating your child on using social media with no issues attached.

Avoid popularity.

Your child doesn't need to be famous on social media.

Don't worry if you are not tagged.

Don't add people you don't know or not familiar with on social media.

Don't do what other children do online.

Stay away from the negative people.

Seek help if you receive aggressive messages.

Don't participate with any strange events.

It is an unhealthy habit when you totally rely on social messages.

Social media destroys relations between people.

The unnecessary conversations does call for the uncalled drama.

Technology is not destroying people's lives, it is the people who don't know how to use technology that is ruining the opportunity for everybody else.

You have other issues to ruin your daily plans.

Technology speaks for itself and does not affect any one. It is about how you choose to use the new devices.

If people don't know the meaning of how to use devices they should stay away from it.

Don't blame your faults on the growing use of technology.

Cyber bullying affects many teens around the world. The effects are scary concerning suicide.

The lack of control is poor in many families thus leading to such problems.

Off-course social media is a great way to connect to friends and family.

The fact that many teens don't understand how to use social media that is a greater problem which starts in every home.

Why do you need a LIKE from others to live each day?

The changes affect everyone involved with technology. If you haven't grown into this advanced world then you certainly re old-schooled.

It is difficult to talk about how you were in your time and of what is in the present.

Understanding and learning the positives and negatives of social media is an important part of any child's life.

Do you add your links on the pages of others on Facebook?

Use technology when you need it!

It is not what social media has done to you but what you have done to social media.

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Is it poor parenting or the lack of control?

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    • DDE profile imageAUTHOR

      Devika Primić 

      2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      FlourishAnyway I appreciate your comments and have a lovely day.

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      2 years ago from USA

      I hope parents wait as long as possible before allowing their kids to have phones. It's becoming a safety issue, as you canno police their activity 24/7 and they don't yet have the judgement to comprehend that people on the internet aren't always who they say they are.

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      Devika Primić 

      2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      rajan jolly Thank you for stopping by.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      2 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      I too believe it is not good to give a cell phone young child and we certainly need to not only educate our children about the dangers online but also monitor what they are doing and setting time limits.

      Moderation is the key here.

      Useful hub.

    • DDE profile imageAUTHOR

      Devika Primić 

      2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hello Chitrangada Sharan Adults and kids don't know when to stop. Thank you for sharing your comment I appreciate you stopping by.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Great hub and very important for everyone especially the parents.

      I agree with the points you made in this hub. Children are getting addicted to social media. Technology should be used in constructive manner not as a time pass. I can even see some behavioural issues due to this not only in kids but adults too.

      Thank you for sharing this important hub!

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      Devika Primić 

      2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Thank you very much for sharing your views here. I do agree with your comment on every word. I appreciate the Tweet have a good weekend.

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      2 years ago from Lancashire north west England

      Devika, once more you have produced a thought provoking hub, which affects millions of people in this global technology. The points you have raised are valid and I agree with you on most points. However, parents cannot monitor their children once they leave the home unless they put a ban on taking any device outside. Many parents are reluctant to ban their children from taking their mobile phones out with them, in case anything happens to their child and the child is unable to contact them for help. Excellent read as always. Well done .Tweeted.

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      Devika Primić 

      2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      MsDora Thank you very much for pointing that. I appreciate you stopping by.

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      Dora Weithers 

      2 years ago from The Caribbean

      I like that you put the responsibility on the parents rather than on the culture. Truth!

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      Devika Primić 

      2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      AliciaC Thank you for sharing your views on a this topic. Technology is there whether one understands it or not it is not going to disappear. Poor parenting allows for many issues with teens. I appreciate you stopping by.

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      Devika Primić 

      2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi always exploring off-course lots has changed since our growing up years. The problem is when people blame technology for their addictive habits. Thank you for stopping by.

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      Devika Primić 

      2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      hari Thank you kindly for stopping by. I agree with your comment. All my best to you.

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      Devika Primić 

      2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hello sallybea so glad you came by. Parents are mostly responsible for their kids actions. It is frustrating to hear how people blame technology for their addictive habits. When its people who fail to use devices with limit. Thank you for stopping by.

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      Linda Crampton 

      2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Excessive social media and Internet use is definitely a problem for some teens today. I think it's a problem that needs to be solved, as you say in your hub. Being online offers some benefits, but replacing important activities with Internet use is sad.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I feel sorry for teens who live their life on face book or any social net work. They are missing out on face to face conversations., plus there is a need to be liked by everyone they connect with on line, which is not healthy in my opinion. I remember in my teens I had close friends, of course that was before the computer or smart phones.

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      Hari Prasad S 

      2 years ago from Bangalore

      devika very very true.

      Judicial usage of it as much as possible should become a habit in the family and more outdoor games and hobbies should be encouraged by families.

      Do check my poem 'internet'

      - hari

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 

      2 years ago from Norfolk

      Like Billy, I agree with much of which you write about here. I don't envy parents these days, I would like to see children allowed to be children for much longer. We would not be having this conversation if parents were able to so no but it seems that we need to teach parents to say no first before we can say no to the children.

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      Devika Primić 

      2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      billybuc You are so right! Thank you very much for stopping by.

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      Bill Holland 

      2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Much of what you said here I agree with. It's beyond me why pre-teens need a Smart Phone....I simply don't understand....and why some parents allow their kids to sit on the internet for hours is also beyond me.....but then, no one asked for my opinion, so there. :)


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