Approximately 90 percent of adolescents worldwide use social media. They carry it with them in their pockets and backpacks and take it to bed at night. Essentially, they have 24/7 accessibility to social media right in the palm of their hands. Always on, always available, connecting and possibly harming their mental and behavioral health at alarming rates.
“More and more of our youth patients hint at social media as being a factor leading to anxiety, insecurities and depression,” said Jesse Florang, EdD, therapist at CHI Health Richard Young Behavioral Health. “Surprisingly, there is limited research for mental health professionals to draw upon to help us improve current assessment procedures and treatment practices to account for this relatively new phenomenon created by advancing technology.”
Gone are the days of stolen lunch money in the hall. Today’s bullies find the vulnerable online. Last year 72 percent of adolescents reported being cyberbullied at least once and only one-third reported their victimization to an adult.