A Mixed Bag: Social Media Use In Teens

social media 1405601 1280 Teens are more connected than ever due to social media. They also have more access to news and other important sources of information, which allows for a variety of educational opportunities.
Being on social media can make teens feel like they are a part of something special and beyond themselves. But it can also be a scary, scary place.

Cons of social media use in teens

Social media has become a hotbed of cyber bullying and can have a negative effect on the mental health of teens. It increases a child’s exposure to harm and can increase their likelihood of developing depression and anxiety.
Even though social media can make a teen feel connected to friends and family, it can also make them feel extremely isolated. FOMO, or the fear of missing out, is a real issue amongst teens.
Teens see pictures of their friends hanging out without them on social media, as well as heavily photoshopped images of their peers and celebrities. This can make them feel terrible about themselves.
Social media has also detracted from activities teens could be doing out in the real world. Instead of being on their phones, teens could be out playing sports or hanging out with their friends in person. Have you seen a group of teens recently? Most of them were on their phones instead of having a conversation, right? Social media might be a real threat to the art of conversation because of how addicted teens are to their phones nowadays.
If you believe your teen is addicted to social media and technology, they might need professional help for their struggles.

Trails Carolina can help

Trails Carolina is a wilderness therapy program for struggling teens, ages 10-17. Our students commonly deal with issues such as depression, anxiety, ADHD, trauma, and other behavioral challenges.

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Jeremy Whitworth

As Executive Director at Trails Carolina, a leading wilderness therapy program for youth and teens, I oversee operations and collaborate with our leadership team. Since 2022, I've also hosted the Common Ground Podcast for parents: https://trailscarolina.com/common-ground-podcast/ With a background in Wilderness Leadership and Experiential Education, I've managed adventure-based therapeutic programs across the US and Canada. My experiences in competitive athletics and adventure sports have honed my leadership, risk assessment, and decision-making skills, which I apply to running a successful business like Trails Carolina.

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Trails saved my daughter’s life. Amanda is an amazing human and a brilliant therapist. I am so grateful to her, Science Steve, and the other wonderful people who could reach my daughter at a time when I could not.

Margot Lowman August 2022

Great life changing experience for our son. After becoming addicted to gaming during covid he was very depressed. At Trails he experienced the wilderness, Science Steve, learning survival skills and top notch therapy and support etc… I highly recommend! This gave our son and our family a renewed family bond full of love and excitement about his bright future.

Winnifred Wilson July 2022


Outstanding clinical work and superb staff! There’s a great culture at this company and it shows with how they engage with families/clients.

Kristin Brace June 2022


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