It’s Time to Bring Up the Flying Elephant in the Room: Social Media & Adolescents

Grownups are known to have an interesting relationship with their adolescent children and even more so with social media. As a results, social media and raising teenagers comes with eyebrows lifted, empty threats and doors slamming.

Research by Dr Sarah Cayne comes to the rescue to diffuse situations where parents of short temper and teenagers of quick action have to negotiate on the use of social media.

As it turns out, the same rules should apply to both parents and teenagers. This includes winding down at least one hours before going to sleep with no screen-time and most importantly: be an active user.

Scrolling through life, may it be your life or others’, is short of any benefits. Dr Cayne advises to set the intentions before going on social media – do you want to engage with the latest #Ronaldo trend or see what the Kardashians are up to? That’s fine. Engage with their audience, become part of the community and be kind in the process.

Trying to escape boredom through passive action doesn’t work. Social media is as good of a tool as you make it.

Connect deeply with others. Our humanity is the one thing that we all have in common.

Melinda Gates


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