Addiction | Social Media | 04th August 2021 | Virtual Wire
Technology is reaching new heights every day. The demands of modern humankind are so divergent that a single solution is in no way in the near future. Thus this puts the teens of today, into a situation where they need to learn a multitude of subjects and make the right decision from them.
By the word decision, I refer to the career that a teen chooses to pursue. This leads to the inevitable usage of digital and cyberspace which in other words can be termed ‘Mobiles and laptops’. Just because everyone is doing something doesn’t prove the action to be plausible or a healthy action.
The most important aspect that has to be taken into consideration when it comes to screen addiction is desperation and isolation. The teens nowadays easily get isolated or feel depressed and want to stay alone all the time. This leaves them with very few things to do such as reading a good book, spending time developing a physical skill or spending time on the internet.
The first two of them come under the positive paradigms and the last one can be either a positive one or a negative one. This depends on what the teen sees on the screens. There are myriad options to choose from when it comes to diverting our conscious potential from doing non-productive actions.
Nothing can bring a change into human lives unless the person learns it. The right learning comes from the right education. Educating the teens with the right content helps in reducing not only the excessive screen addiction but it can also help them get out of many other non-useful habit loops.
The very important thing to learn here would be the concept of the Johari window. This is a psychological approach to the categorization of human consciousness. Under this concept, human behaviour can be categorized into four spectrums. They are
• Known area
• Unknown area
• Hidden area
• Uncertain area
The known area puts an emphasis on the part of ourselves that we would like to portray to the people whom we meet for the first time. This usually will be our place of living, job, achievements and other things that one would boast upon.
The unknown area is the part that is only shown to the people we feel comfortable staying with. This usually happens to be our regular habits, which can be constructive or destructive, our relationship and bonding, our family issues and other similar things.
The hidden area and the uncertain area are the two most important things to discuss relating to this topic. The hidden area is the part of our self which we would never portray to anyone. It can be our dark self. Being aware of this hidden area sends a signal to our subconscious that the conscious mind is watching over it and this prevents us from doing any non-productive actions.
This keeps us away from mobile addiction or other forms of screen addiction whenever a teen tends to use the device. The only thing that has changed now would be the thought of the teen when he intends to do an action that he/she knows is not going to get anything useful to their lives. This is how the right education will help people from moving on and forward, shredding the unwanted habits behind.
Social Media Addiction:
The second most important thing to think of after screen addiction would be social media. Here, the teen gets into swiping an unending wall of articles such as photos, videos, write-ups and many more in return for their precious time. The solution to this addiction is very simple as it seems.
If the person who is addicted to this starts to value his/her 24 hours, then they would never turn back to return to the place where they once dwelled. Social media when used in the right way is capable of doing many great things. It is in the books of history, indefinitely inscribed, what the potential of social media can be. Time and again this event had reiterated itself in various parts of the world.
The real way of dealing with these problems is to educate the children in the right way with the information made simple and the teaching process being interactive. Every problem that a teen might face can be solved when he knows where the thoughts spring from.
This article not only sheds light on just these two issues but a comprehensive solution is mentioned in it. Hope the future generation realizes that their actions are significant to craft a better world.