With the use of technology and our connections on social media are we more connected or are we lonelier than ever? Screenagers is exploring this idea and how we can connect better with our teens:
Are our teens lonelier now more than ever? Do they feel social on social media but in reality, some deeper need is not being met? There is some evidence this might be so. But it is not inevitable. There are ways to help our kids through this.
Emotions give us information about our experience in the present moment. In the best case scenario, they are a buzzer that activates us to make a change. For instance, if we have a sense that we are missing the company of others—i.e. the sensation of loneliness–it is a signal to try to do something at that moment to lessen that unpleasant feeling.
It is important that we talk to our kids about these feelings and discuss ways they can gain skills to manage them when they inevitably arise–and also assure them the feelings will pass.
What types of loneliness do you and your kids experience?
- No close friends loneliness.
- I’m different loneliness.
- Left out loneliness.
If you have a loved one struggling with loneliness, please contact Tamara Ancona, MA, LPC at (678) 297-0708 for an evaluation, and to discuss the best treatment options available.