Most parents, teacher and counselors are unaware of the new epidemic that is already on itʼs way: teens and young adults are getting hooked on the potentially dangerous world of sex, porn and online addictions.
In and of itself, technology is not bad, but it can take away from the real world and can create an exciting and captivating imbalance in our youth’s lives. The imbalance can be the problem.
Did you know, twenty five percent of teens have electronically sent or posted online, nude or semi-nude pictures or videos of themselves?
As virtual relationships replace real relationships, the online community supersedes family, anonymity displaces responsibility, and fantasy takes over reality.
Real relationships have real challenges and struggles and require emotional investments. Porn and virtual relationships are build on fantasy and can be turned on and off through a click on the computer or i-phone.
A survey on sexting by teens revealed:
– 27% said sexting happens all the time
– 40% knew someone who had engaged in sexting
– 50% admitted to receiving or sending nudes
The Internet, while a great asset and tool in our lives also creates a unique environment that:
Teenagers and young adults need a positive sense of self, and validation to eliminate destructive behaviors that tend to be substitutes for love. As they develop a positive perception of themselves through therapy, they are able to develop and maintain positive relationships. In addition, teenagers and young adults will learn and internalize skills to examine personal ways of thinking, learn how they can change their beliefs and attitudes, and learn the impact this has on their quality of life and relationships. They become positively empowered and aware of their own individual potential and unique identity.
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