Social Media Addiction Among Teengers

Introduction

            Social networking sites are virtual sites that have been turned into online communities that have enabled people to connect and interact on various levels with real-life friends and sometimes make new friends (Haserot, 2012). It is, however, becoming apparent that people tend to overindulge after cases have been reported of parents abandoning their parental role of assisting their children in the domestic setting as they tend to spend more time chatting and connecting to their virtual friends (Al-Menayes, 2015). It is especially critical following the realization that the teenagers and adolescents, who are yet to become parents, are the most affected by social media addiction. It is thus essential that the challenge that is threatening to destroy the value of real human connection be addressed through collective effort.

Background

The challenge of addiction to the internet and social networking as a whole has been an issue that has become apparent in many societies in the present day. Efforts to solve the problem have primarily been targeted at counseling the victims but as it has been noted the strategy has not been much efficacious. It thus underscores the need for an urgent intervention following the realization that internet addiction is accompanied by social issues (Al-Menayes, 2015). Usually, people tend to substitute the challenges that they experience in the real-life setting to their online friends as real-world relationships are associated with rejection and anxiety. The goal of the intervention should be at ensuring that while the internet could be inevitable, it should to be used as an escape platform to avoid normal and existential anxiety (Griffiths, 2013). As it has been observed, the use of traditional-based interventions has not had much success following the increasingly reports of media addiction that have been reported among the youth in many societies that have embraced modern technology and social networking.

Solution

The most realistic solution to address the challenge of social media addiction will be the use of a Solution Focused Social Interest Program that target stress management, compliments, scaling, and compulsion to social media. The counseling that has been previously used have was primarily focused on the need to direct the addicts through methods that would keep them detached from the devices for a while, which has been less efficacious as the victims are likely to return to their state when they gain access to their gadgets (Crews, Froeschle, & Li, 2013). The suggested solution to solve social media and internet addiction involves a five-week plan intended to close the gap between the traditional and the process addiction treatment. In the first week, the counselor should build a rapport with the affected group so that there is an element of professionalism over the course of the program, with the counselor is expected to appreciate each member. The team is then asked about the challenges that they are facing online, and which will be used as a basis for determining the appropriate intervention. Next, the group is asked to describe about the services that they enjoy in the community that would serve to help others. In the third week, the focus would be on helping the addict to focus on their preferred activity to enable them realize better contributions in the society. The counselor should then focus on the need to enable each of the members to apprehend the meaning of social interest beyond the use of the internet. It is at this point that the addict could be advised to set an alarm to guide them to stop using social media. The last step in solving the challenge would involve targeting the stressors as they are the likely reason for the addiction. Through the use of stretching and performing relation technique. The counselor would have wound up the five-week process to enable social media addicts to overcome their problems (Crews et al., 2013).

Justification

            The suggested solution is intended to enable social media addicts to get over their states and appreciate the need to be productive through real-world connection. However, it could be argued that the technique is a basic replica of the traditional setting of counseling (Shaw & Black, 2008). While it is true that it is similar to the efforts placed in case of the traditional counseling scheme, it creates a newer way of providing the victims with the opportunities that they can consider following their change process. It is noted that through the implementation of alternatives rather than mere talk in counseling, the victims of social media addiction are more likely to perceive the life changing intervention as an opportunity to explore other avenues (Simsek, 2014).

Conclusion

The challenge of social media addition is a critical issue that is threatening the next generation as people tend to forego their responsibilities and opt to ae online friends. It is suggested that as the problem is a social concern, there is a need to improve on the traditional counseling technique but using more inclusive programs that are implemented over some time, possibly weeks. As the solution offers the opportunity to rediscover one’s interest in the social environment, it is plausible to implement it because it is a further solution to the challenge of using the social sites as an escape from the challenges of real-world challenges.

References

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Griffiths, M. D. (2013). Social Networking Addiction : Emerging Themes and Issues, 4(5), 4–5. http://doi.org/10.4172/2155-6105.1000e118

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