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    The Four Downfalls: Negative Effects of Social Media

    Social media has quickly become an all-consuming part of adolescent’s lives. While it can seem like a fun, harmless place to share photos and interact with others, there is a growing concern of its impacts. New studies are highlighting the negative effects of social media associated with mental health, vulnerability, sleep, and suicide.

    Negative Effects of Social Media

    There are many ways in which social media can result in negative effects on adolescents including the following:


    • Time Management


    Scrolling through social media for a few minutes can quickly turn into hours. Normal tasks for teenagers typically require some form of concentration such as homework. The constant disruption of social media is actually making attention issues worse and reducing learning and performance.


    • Sleep Disturbances


    Statistics show that over half of adolescents scroll through their phones before going to sleep. As a result, these teens are averaging an hour less of sleep at night compared to their peers who are not getting on their phones before bed. It’s not simply the light from electronic devices that is making it difficult for teens to fall asleep, but also the stress and anxiety of the content on social media.


    • Decreased Self-esteem


    It is so easy to live in a world of comparison on social media. This is especially true for teen girls who are constantly comparing themselves to other girls, models, or photoshopped images. This comparison can leave girls feeling less confident and negatively impact their self-esteem.


    • Social isolation


    Interacting face-to-face is a lot different than interacting behind the screen. Recent studies have found a correlation between excessive social media use and perceived social isolation. Teens use social media believing it’s what connects them to others, when in fact it takes them out of the present moment and their life. This, in turn, makes them feel more isolated.

    Identifying the Problem

    No matter how it may seem, technology is not the problem. We are. The interactivity that draws adolescents in is what creates the addictive behaviors towards social media and produces negative effects. As a parent it is important that you identify when your teen is becoming too engulfed in their devices and address the problem immediately before more negative consequences occur.

    Trails Carolina can help

    Trails Carolina is a wilderness therapy program that helps teens ages 10-17 who are struggling with behavioral and emotional issues. This program uses adventure-based therapy to help students gain a new sense of self-awareness, confidence, and independence. The skills they learn throughout the wilderness program offer long-term benefits towards their ability to successfully self-navigate in the real world. By removing teens from their fast-paced environment into a safe, nurturing, and peaceful environment, they are able to focus on improving and reflecting upon their behavior. Trails Carolina gives students the tools they need to lead happy and healthy lives. We can help your family today!

    Contact us at 800-975-7303



    Graham Shannonhouse

    A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Graham Shannonhouse has been actively involved in the wilderness therapy field for nearly three decades. After receiving her degree in 1991, Shannonhouse spent 10 years working with a premiere wilderness-based therapeutic program in south-central Idaho. During her tenure, she served three years as a hands-on Field Instructor, three years as Field Supervisor, and the remaining time as Wilderness Program Director. During this period she developed, managed, and served as counselor for the country’s first wilderness program specifically focused on pre- teens ages 10 to 13 Graham returned to the east in 2002 to serve as Executive Director for a therapeutic wilderness program based in North Carolina, successfully growing it to one of the most respected companies in the industry. In 2008, she resigned her position to open Trails Carolina. Having an intimate working knowledge of the roots of wilderness therapy, Graham has brought her experience and wisdom to her position as Partner and Executive Director with the goal of integrating the true family work that must be done to insure lasting success.

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