Social media obsessed teenagers frightened of reality

C0WT0T Teenage girl using facebook. Image shot 2011. Exact date unknown.

It is quite common now a days to find that some social media obsessed teenagers are becoming frightened of real life it has become so extreme that some won’t even answer their phone or doorbell.

Experts have said that teenagers who are obsessed with social media have become so lonely, but they’ve found that it does not really hinder the social skills needed for later life.

There have been some cases of young people developing mental health issues and one extreme case of a girl who was not able to answer her phone or even her own front door.

These findings have emerged after the National Citizen Service Trust polled one thousand 12 to 17 year olds. They found that six out of every 10 said they were lonely and one in 20 said they never spend time with their friends outside of school. Girls were found to be lonelier than boys and nearly one third of them said they don’t feel popular amoungst their friends.

Michael Lynas, chief executive of the trust, said the findings ‘reveal a concerning lack of social integration and level of loneliness amongst the next generation of young people, which could be harmful to the UK’s economy and well being in the future’.

As we all know you need more than just a good academic CV for employers these days, they are also looking for candidates with good social skills and personality which unfortunately could be disappearing.

Eva MacDonald, 19, from Lincolnshire, England, is only now beginning to rebuild her confidence after she became so nervous she could not meet new people.

‘My social skills were non-existent due to low self esteem. I’d deliberately put barriers in place so I wouldn’t have to interact with anyone,’ she said.

‘My mind played tricks on me and made me believe that people would judge me before getting to know me.’

Dr Jennifer Lau, who led the research at King’s College, said: ‘Loneliness for teenagers is an issue because they are starting out towards independence. It affects how many people you interact with and it is associated with anxiety and depression. If it emerges in adolescence and is not treated, there can be lifelong repercussions.

More generally there are concerns that  excessive use of sites and apps such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram encourages negative personality traits such as narcissism, insecurity and compulsive behaviour.

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