Teens text, tweet, snap and post like crazy. Half of all teens use social media every day and for many teens this means checking their Instagram and Snapchat feeds dozens (and often hundreds) of times a day. This social media-specific anxiety has a name: FOMO, also known as “fear of missing out.” While FOMO might sound like a silly acronym, it can have very un-silly consequences. Studies have found that the 24/7 nature of social media can lead to kids feeling like they need to check and respond to friends’ posts or messages constantly. As you can imagine, this can lead to poor sleep quality, anxiety, and even depression.
Please click here for our important post about how to help your tweens and teens deal with FOMO. A few highlights include:
- Just listen and don’t judge
- Encourage your kid’s offline life and activities
- Set limits
- Shift the focus
- Ask open-ended questions (our blog post offers many examples)
Have a great week and don’t forget to use Common Sense