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TECHNOLOGY ADDICTION

There are an abundance of different types of technology, regularly used, in this day and age in America.

Children at a very young age have technology integrated into their daily lives. It is widely known that understanding technology has become an integral component of the education system in the United States. Young people are often required to have their assignments typed up before handing them in for grading, and teens are expected to know several different computer applications (PowerPoint, Word, Excel…etc.). Furthermore, cell phones have become ever prevalent in the United States. It seems that every year the typical age of an adolescent acquiring his or her first cell phone gets increasingly younger. With the continued readiness, reliability and wide range of availability to all of the different types of technology, when it comes to technology and teens, moderation has been thrown to the wind. Hence, teenagers are becoming increasingly addicted to technology.

Computer Addiction

Computer addiction is one of the common types of technology addiction that plagues the youth of America. The reality is that countless young people will rely on computers for many different reasons. Computers are used for education purposes and learning how to properly use a computer can help to set a teen up for success later in his or her life. On the flip side, the continued and increasing reliance upon the use of computers can be harmful to teenagers, if not monitored. A computer addiction is not necessarily when a young person is using a computer for an extended period of time in a productive fashion. There are uncountable ways to productively pass time on a computer. It is, however, not uncommon for a teen struggling with computer addiction to simply scroll and stare at the screen, being completely unproductive. Teens with a computer addiction will often suffer from an inability to sleep, and unhealthy weight fluctuations.

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Gaming Addiction

One of draws to young people playing technology games is that many of them require an individual to create an avatar. In creating an avatar, a young person has complete control over the creation process of his or her avatar persona. This can be incredibly appealing to teenagers, as they are able to fabricate all of their fantasies and create an avatar that encapsulates all that he or she wishes to be, but is not in reality. This in turn creates a mock reality in which the teenager is able to participate. Frequently, this reality becomes increasingly more appealing to participate in and a teen will soon opt to avoid participating in his or her real life for the purpose of engaging in a fake gaming world, where he or she can present him or herself in the form of the fabricated avatar.

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Social Media Addiction

Similar to a gaming addiction, young people who struggle with social media addiction have the ability to create a false sense of self that is portrayed on social media. Young people use various forms of social media as a means of communication, a way to gain information, as well as a way engage in an online culture. Teens who are addicted to social media often suffer from low self-esteem, and can delay their social and emotional development. Social media addiction goes far beyond a young person simply checking their Instagram, for example, once in a while. Young people who are addicted to social media will often feel an intense sense of insecurity when they are unable to connect to some form of social media. Furthermore, by being dependent upon social media, an adolescent is continuously seeking outside validation, which can greatly affect one’s sense of self and diminish one’s level of self-confidence.

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