Depressed teens need to shut off social media sites, stop texting, experts suggest

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  • Shelama SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Nov. 14, 2012 2:15 p.m.

    It's expected and wise, as well as extraordinary, that the terms "connected" and "disconnected" have such prominence.

    Connection and connectedness are life principles and, with trust, are virtually the stuff of life.

    I've long suspected that many cases of alcoholism and depression are related to "disconnectedness" that, I suspect, in many cases may include a biological component. Anything that promotes more "disconnection" potentially dangerous. For some people, there may be a vicious cycle in which underlying "disconnection" drives the use of social media which further drives disconnection. Getting rid of social media does not necessarily result in healthy connectedness.

    I don't know what the secret of connection is but there is clearly a strong, biological impulse for it among social mammals. There are probably also biological factors that impair connection and connectedness and social functioning that may well result in or be associated with profound depression. It needs more study and comment

    Chicken and egg...

  • johanBjorn Salt lake city, UT
    Nov. 14, 2012 12:27 p.m.

    Perhaps times have just changed and rather than adapt to this, parents are just saying their children are depressed.

  • Free Agency Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 12, 2012 12:29 p.m.

    There's only one problem with following the advice to turn off your computer and get out and meet people. The people you're trying to meet are invariably checking their phones, etc.--and seem to have little desire for face-to-face connection.

    So where are these new-found "real" friends coming from?

    I think the answer is not to look in the real world for the number of friends you have on Facebook, but to just aim for a few--or even one--who wants what you do: depth in your relationships rather than just a lot of frosting on a somewhat unsatifying cake.

  • Heffy Kaysville, UT
    Nov. 10, 2012 4:11 p.m.

    How interesting. I'm gonna go share this on Facebook.

  • A voice of Reason Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 10, 2012 2:11 p.m.

    I can't find happiness through living my entire life on Facebook, Wii, Tablet, or phone? What is the world coming to!?


    Henry, respectfully 'disconnecting yourself' is in no way the popular or trendy thing to do.

    As far as who the "experts" are, I can provide numerous cogent arguments as to why the source does not qualify the accuracy of a statement (such as ad hominem). I know a man from Richfield Utah who'd rather spend his time on a horse than on Facebook- who doesn't have a degree in philosophy, psychology, or any other relevant profession; I'd trust his advice more than the vast majority of the worlds 'credible sources' on this topic or any other.

    We learn by experience. This is the nature of being human. You can study one "expert's" experiences, who has studied a handful of others or even a data-pool of others. But the more experiences you add to that pool, the less detail you can absorb. Spending 5 minutes with a dog will tell you more than 1 million wiki articles about the animal.

    It's simply common sense; something even the greatest experts can easily loose sight of.

  • Hawkyo SYRACUSE, UT
    Nov. 10, 2012 10:17 a.m.

    That's funny, Henry, I was just going to say, DUH! they need to turn off the digital stimuli. It shouldn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that people need to be with REAL people. "Social Media" is a misnomer. It actually can invite anti-social behavior. I have family members who struggle with this due to way to much time in front of a screen. Some are coming around, but still have issues to work out.

  • Henry Drummond San Jose, CA
    Nov. 9, 2012 5:00 p.m.

    Are you sure these are experts? This sounds like a lot of pop psychology.