Warning - New Technology Creating Real Psychological Conditions For Teens
If the costs of paying for large mobile phone bills is not a big enough deterrent for most parents maybe the cost of counselling on top might start to get their attention.
Recent articles in both the Courier Mail and The Daily Telegraph highlight how teens can get out of control with mobile phones.
The Daily Telegraph article by Stephen French talks about the warning a university researcher is giving to parents about the real risks of their children becoming text addicts. These risks include mental and physical injuries.
Receiving lots of texts can be viewed by teens as being popular and starts to play a big part in determining how they derive a part of their self worth. Texting is quite tribal for today's teens and there are conditions that have been classified as real psychological issues:
Hearing texts or feeling mobile vibrate when it hasn't. Constantly checking mobile to see if a message has arrived.
Anxiety teens feel when they haven't received a text or are unable to send texts. They feel like they have no friends and also over-analysing why people don't reply.
Post-traumatic Text Disorder
Physical and mental injuries sustained while texting (like walking into poles) and feelings of depression when no one contacts them.
Sending lots of individual texts or group texts to engage as many responses as possible so they can still feel like part of the group.