The one who loves silver is never satisfied with silver, and whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with income. This too is futile. Ecclesiastes 5:10 (CSB)
We live in a world of entitlement, children appearing ungrateful and unsatisfied. But perhaps there is something we have not considered.
This is the first generation to be raised on technology. Many teens and young adults were raised using technology. They watch their parents constantly on their devices. Some parents are on their devices to the point of ignoring their families, leaving their children to retreat to the world of the internet.
The missing piece of the puzzle; technology is addictive to everyone, no is immune. Children raised on technology do not know anything else.
When we’re on social media, we like it, thereby releasing dopamine in our brains. Developing children with developing brains are easily susceptible to this feeling. As children view social media and the wonderful objects displayed they want that life and those objects. For all us, the brain releases more dopamine with the craving for something more than the reality of possessing them.
We become addicted to wanting and craving the objects we do not have, this is the brain telling us we need more objects to seek in order to release more dopamine.
An article by the Center of Humane Technology titled How Social Media Hacks Our Brains puts it this way, “Technology often capitalizes on the potency of wanting, providing endless possibilities for seeking but few experiences that satiate. We might find fleeting pleasure, but no enduring satisfaction. Our ‘tolerance’ increases, and we need more to achieve the same effects. The result: we keep clicking and scrolling, mindlessly consuming content often with minimal oversight from cognitive control regions of the brain. Ultimately, this behavior depletes us, but feeds engagement-based business models.”
The next time you feel your children are not appreciative of what they have, try limiting the internet and social media. If children are addicted to the internet, gradually pull them away by doing more things as a family, without the internet.
Another tip: be conscience of setting an example. Try to turn off your use of the internet, social media, texting, and checking email. Let your children know they are much more important than anything online.
We’re all in this together. No one is immune to the addiction of the internet, but we can try to be a little more mindful of the threat it has on our lives and our families.