Teenagers taking to social media is a common phenomenon around us. Most youngsters these days are trapped in the lure of instant fame through reels and videos. As a result, they are losing their focus on studies as well as their mental and physical health. Though it is said that lack of parental engagement is pushing our youngsters towards this digital toxication, parents often willy-nilly ignore this fact until it is too late and something serious happens.
A 17-year-old student from a prominent Ahmedabad school, captivated by the allure of online recognition, began neglecting his studies. His concerned parents confronted him for being stuck to his cell phone and not studying. The teen, in a burst of defiance, left home. Fortunately, Khokhra police located him near Express Way as he was trying to leave town.
He’s not alone in his actions. Two 15-year-olds, reprimanded for similar reasons, made the same drastic choice. Their anxious parents searched tirelessly until the police found them at Kankaria Lake Front.
In the first case, the boy was engrossed in his phone day and night. His parents intervened, taking his phone away. He decided to leave. When police found him, he revealed plans to go to another city.
Psychiatrists say teens often turn to social media when they feel overlooked, ignored or neglected at home. Uploading reels provides a burst of dopamine, making them crave more attention and validation, which they think somewhat compensates for the lack of parental attention at home.