Technology plays a huge role in the lives of today’s young adults. Social media, the internet, and communication platforms can easily grow to become all-consuming. While technology is a great thing, too much of anything can be dangerous. Technology addiction in young adults is not an uncommon issue. One may not even be aware of their addiction. When one is unable to put down their device to engage with others or complete daily responsibilities—this is when technology use becomes an addiction.
Signs of Technology Addiction
According to the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation technology addiction is defined as “frequent and obsessive technology-related behavior increasingly practiced despite negative consequences to the user of the technology.”
Here are some indicators of technology addiction in young adults:
- A sense of euphoria while plugged in
- Neglecting friends and family
- Skipping sleep to be on device
- Dishonesty about usage
- Feeling anxious, ashamed, guilty or depressed as a result of technology use
- Withdrawing from other activities that were once pleasurable
Technology addiction can have physical impacts as well which includes:
- Weight gain or weight loss
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Neck or backaches
- Dry, red eyes
How You Can Help
As a parent, unplugging your young adult can be a very challenging task. You do not want your child to resent you, but you also know you need to be the parent. They may not realize it now, but learning to let go of the device is better for their emotional and physical health sometimes. Here are some ways you can help your young adult:
- Come up with healthy highs that are offline. Expose your child to activities that require them to get away from technology and engage with others. Hobbies, sports, and club activities are some good suggestions.
- Get social offline. It is important that your young adult work towards maintaining relationships with others. Being glued to technology can hinder one’s ability to keep meaningful relationships. Encourage your young adult to spend times with their friends or seek ways to make new friends.
- Consider treatment. When you feel like the issue has grown out of your control, you should consider seeking professional help for your young adult.
Foundations Asheville can help
Foundations Asheville is a transitional living program for young men ages 18-24. This program offers support to young men as they seek a successful launch to adulthood. Foundations Asheville helps young men develop and sharpen their functional living skills. Coping with challenges like low-mood, anxiety, and difficulty following-through are addressed within the program as well. Students leave feeling more confident, independent, and prepared to seek a successful and healthy life. We can help your family today!