Stepping Away From The Screen: How To Help Young Adults Struggling With Technology AddictionSeptember 11, 2020
Today’s young adults are digital natives. They’ve had access to computers and smartphones from a young age, and they navigate this technology with ease. Many of them spent weekends and evenings hanging out online or gaming instead of spending time interacting face to face with their friends. A survey from Digital Clarity found through a poll of 1300 sixteen to twenty five year olds, that almost 16% of those polled spent over 15 hours a day online.
So how can we possibly help these individuals who struggle with an addiction to something that is completely inescapable in our society? And how can parents tell when their child has crossed a line from technology overuse to full blown addiction? The answers to these questions are complicated.
Crossing the Line Between Technology Overuse and Addiction
There are several behaviors to look out for when parents have questions about their child’s technology use that may indicate your child has crossed from overuse to technology addiction. Here are some examples of what this may look like:
- Behaviors that are throwing off their energy and sense of time: Your young adult hardly ever leaves their room and is constantly on their devices.
- An increased level of sneakiness: Hiding technology use from parents and being secretive about technology use when asked.
- Technology is distracting them from the ‘real world’: Your child has thrown themselves into an identity online and no longer has passions or goals in their own lives.
- Angry, unpredictable behaviors: Your child lashes out in anger after being away from their phone or computer for a short period of time.
- Anxiety when not around technology: Feeling anxious about getting back to their devices even after a short period away.
Why Wilderness Therapy For Young Adults Struggling with Technology Addiction?
Parents looking for treatment options for a young adult struggling with technology addiction should consider wilderness therapy as an option. Out in the wilderness, your child will have the chance to detox from their technology use. They will have the time and guidance to develop deep, meaningful relationships with their peers in a controlled setting.
The development of relationships in the real world is key to helping overcome this addiction. Many young adults who struggle with technology addiction also struggle to connect with others in their daily life. That’s why spending time away from the screens and removing young adults from their home environment can be so impactful to their healing process. Wilderness therapy allows young adults to interact with others face to face and develop the skills they need to form meaningful relationships after transitioning to independence.
How Trails Momentum Helps
Trails Momentum, a young adult wilderness therapy program for young men and women ages 18-25, helps individuals struggling to achieve independence and develop long term goals due to emotional or behavioral challenges like technology addiction and depression. For individuals struggling with technology addiction, a few therapeutic techniques we find helpful for their healing process include:
- Mindfulness exercises
- Art therapy
- Group therapy
- Individual therapy
Our therapeutic program works closely with young adults to help them develop the self-regulation skills they will need to avoid falling back into old habits when launching themselves into adulthood.
To learn more about the ways in which Trails Momentum can help your young adult struggling with technology addiction, please call (877) 296-8711.