At Paradigm San Francisco, we provide treatment for Teen Social Media Addiction, which is a behavioral addiction in which teens’ preoccupation and compulsive use of social media causes negative effects in their lives. Whereas regular active use of social media is a common practice for many teens, teens with Social Media Addiction become so obsessed with it that it prohibits them from being able to function healthily in their responsibilities and their relationships. The specific type of social media used can differ according to the teen, and can include outlets such as Snapchat, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Vine, YouTube, and more.
Teen Social Media Addiction Symptoms
Teens’ specific characteristics of Social Media Addiction may differ, but generally include the fixation to incessantly write statuses, post pictures, check updates, search for other people, get “likes”, and/or play games. The reasons these common behaviors can become so harmful usually revolves around the reasons why teens become so addicted as well as the amount of time they spend doing so.
Over time, teens with Social Media Addiction become more engaged in the online virtual world than in the real one they’re a part of. Sometimes, in fact, teens might unknowingly retreat into the social media, as a sort of escape from the current stressors and/or challenges in their lives. In these instances, teens might become increasingly less successful in engaging and being present in their real experiences, as they’re constantly distracted by something on social media. To this end, it’s common for teens with Social Media Addiction to experience negative effects in their relationships and social interactions, as they start valuing their online interactions even more than their face-to-face ones. This can be problematic, especially for teens that might already struggle with social interaction or social anxiety, and especially since adolescence is such an important time of developing these valuable social skills.
Because teens spend so much time on social media, virtually all other aspects of their lives are likely to suffer. They have less time to spend on school work and tend to be distracted; they will often stop following through on responsibilities and may quit or withdraw from commitments; and they won’t have meaningful connections with others, since they’re always preoccupied by the desire to get online.
Another way that Teen Social Media Addiction affects teens is it distorts their sense of identity and self-worth. This can be particularly harmful since adolescence is a time when identity formation is so important and often teens are very sensitive to judgments from peers. Because of this, teens can become addicted to the different judgments inherent to social media, leaving teens vulnerable to feeling bad about themselves and confused about who they are.
Paradigm San Francisco Teen Social Media Addiction Treatment
At Paradigm San Francisco, we provide holistic, intensive treatment for teens struggling with Teen Social Media Addiction. Our teen social media addiction treatment includes both introspective, talk-therapy aspects as well as behavioral aspects. Our therapists work with teens during teen social media addiction treatment to of course reduce and/or eliminate their time on social media, but also help teens to reflect upon where this addiction stems from, and what kinds of emotional stressors they’re facing. By helping teens to process their thoughts and feelings and make connections between their thought patterns, experiences, and behaviors, teens are able to appreciate just how much power this behavior has taken on. They can also recognize how their behaviors have stolen joy from their lives and how they have caused them to negatively affect others, as well. By working with teens to address Social Media Addiction in this thorough, holistic way, teens are not only able to overcome their addictive behavior, but to gain important insights into themselves, and to grow as people as well.