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When Those Facebook Friends Aren’t Your Friends After All

Social media gives teens an “instant connection with a large number of people that can quickly provide a feeling of acceptance,” said CHI Health Psychotherapist Mike Grove, LIMHP.

But incomplete brain development also means adolescents “are naturally more likely to be impulsive and engage in problem behaviors.”

Instead of losing hours in the digital world, Grove suggested teens cut back and have more “in person social interactions” through organized school, church and club activities, as well as part-time jobs.