Don’t leave home without it! That seems to be our teens’ mottos when it comes to their cameras. There is an overwhelming need to capture everything they do…to load onto FaceBook. Hours a day can be spent posting pics, updating statuses, and commenting on everything from songs to videos.
Is FaceBook and other social medias simply a replacement of the phone we grew up with or is it more?
“Almost 60 percent of college students agreed with the statement “People in my generation use social networking sites for self-promotion, narcissim and attention-seeking.” The amount of comments per day for some has become the scale where they measure their friendships and for others, their self-worth.
Today’s kids are the children that we poured praise into when they were small. They were the first generation of kids to receive throphies not for winning first place, but for playing. They were constantly told “You’re the princess”. While for some, this has been a postive thing. For others, it has fed that selfish heart that we have all been born with and it hasn’t turned out good.
This can lead to big problems in life. “Narcissists have an inflated sense of self, so they’re prone to take too many risks. And they’ve proven to be worse at maintaining relationships or working on teams, which you need to be able to do in most jobs.” And might I add, to function as part of the body of Christ, to be a stable marriage partner and a balanced parent.
If you aren’t your child’s friend on FaceBook or another social media, consider doing so. Be aware of the amount of time your child is spending on these social medias and what they are posting there.
1. Joiner, Whitney. “ego trip.” Teen Vogue. April 2010: 54 – 55.