The Top 3 Social Issues Facing Today’s Teenagers
If you roll back the clock a few decades, starting a family and finding a fulfilling career path were the two primary problems teens faced. In fact, the term “teenager” wasn’t even around until the 1920s.
However, today, it’s a different story. These are volatile times we’re living in, where teens are struggling with social issues that are alarming.
The rise of social media and major technological advancements have radically changed the way young people learn and receive information and interact with each other. Although that’s not necessarily a bad thing, it’s not surprising that we’re seeing different issues among youngsters today.
Let’s take a look at some of the most common social issues that plague adolescents today.
Children and adolescents like to tease each other; we all know that. Many youngsters subconsciously use this as a defense mechanism to feel like they’re “part of the crowd”. While some teasing is part of growing up, bullying can inflict psychological damage—not only on the victims—but the perpetrators as well.
Yes, you read that right. Studies have revealed that bullies identified at eight years of age are six times more likely to be convicted of crimes as young adults.
On the other hand, students who experience bullying are at increased risk of sleep difficulties, anxiety, depression, dropping out of school, and poor academic performance, according to the CDC.
Since self-confident and assertive teenagers generally don’t become victims of bullying, parents should work on building their children’s self-esteem and developing their social-confidence from a young age.
Even the most assertive and self-assured of individuals sometimes struggle with acceptance. However, due to their lack of perspective and maturity, teens tend to have a particularly hard time with it.
The best thing parents could do to help in this regard, is offer unconditional acceptance from their end. It’s well known that children and teens’ psychological maladjustment is strongly linked with perceived maternal and paternal rejection.
Depression & Anxiety
According to data from the National Institute of Mental Health, around 3.2 million American adolescents suffered from at least one major episode of depression in 2017. In other words, 13% of teenagers are likely to experience depression before they become adults.
A major portion of this dysfunction can be blamed on the prevalence of digital communication. With the rise in digital communication, many teenagers now lack basic interpersonal communication skills, such as knowing to pick up on social cues.
The excessive time spent using electronic devices also prevents youngsters from partaking in in-person activities with their peers, such as volunteering in the community and sports, which can alleviate the effects of depression.
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