Technology use can become all-consuming for some adolescents and can lead to screen addiction. Research shows screen time affects the frontal lobe, striatum and insula; these areas control impulses and the capacity to develop compassion and empathy.

In teens, effects of screen addiction may include:

–     Sleep disorders and insomnia
–     Vision problems and headaches
–     Difficulty with problem solving and creative thinking
–     Symptoms of depression and anxiety

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Screen Addiction: The impact on the teen brain.

Technology use can become all-consuming for some adolescents and can lead to screen addiction. Research shows screen time affects the frontal lobe, striatum and insula; these areas control impulses and the capacity to develop compassion and empathy. Showing compassion for others and being able to demonstrate empathy (the ability to understand how others feel and to be able to take their perspective) are both critical social-emotional learning skills (aligned with Relationship Skills and Social Awareness competencies) that are also associated with post-secondary success. Adolescents who struggle to develop these skills may struggle with relationships with others (romantic, friendly, familial), as well as with navigating social demands in workplace or educational settings.

 

In teens, effects of screen addiction may include:

  • Sleep disorders and insomnia

  • Vision problems and headaches

  • Difficulty with problem solving and creative thinking

  • Symptoms of depression and anxiety

 

Setting healthy limits for screen time with you adolescent may help prevent some of the negative impacts of overuse. See below for links to resources available to parents for monitoring technology use and setting limits for teens:

 

Circle Tips for Limiting Screen Time

 

Digital Futures Initiative – Sample Technology Use Agreement

 

Digital Futures Initiative – Tools for Monitoring Technology Use

For help and more information, contact:
Lauren McArdle, Ph.D., District 95 at 847-540-4973
or Sara Marx, LCPC, NCC, Ela Township at 847-540-8380