Teens and screens

Young woman using her laptop Photo: Ed Yourdon, Flickr

A young woman using her laptop
Photo: Ed Yourdon – Creative Commons, Flickr

Adapted from The Vancouver Sun

Level 3
January 2011

Teenage Internet addiction* is on the rise in B.C.
Many teenagers now spend 7 to 14 hours a day on the Internet.
Parents and teachers worry
these teenagers might be addicted to the Internet.
* (say: ah-dik-shun)

Read the PDF. Try the Exercise.


Illustrations:
There are many signs of Internet addiction:

Illustration 1 Some teenagers may not sleep well.

Illustration 1
Some teenagers may not sleep well.

Illustration 2 Some teenagers may not take care of themselves.

Illustration 2
Some teenagers may not take care of themselves.

Illustration 3 Some teenagers may neglect family, friends, school and other things.

Illustration 3
Some teenagers may neglect family, friends, school and other things.

Illustration 4 Some teenagers may feel sad or angry when they cannot use the computer.

Illustration 4
Some teenagers may feel sad or angry when they cannot use the computer.

Illustrations: Nola Johnston

2 thoughts on “Teens and screens

  1. I grew up reading several hours a day, from the time I can remember. Every subject, growing more and more demanding of what I read and how it was written, what it was telling me. Four or five books every week, sometimes, one a day. I haunted libraries and bookstores. Did anyone wring their hands about my “reading addiction”? They did not. I grew up to earn my living with my extraordinary skill in the English language. As do musicians, with their skills. Boatbuilders and engineers, all, spending long years developing their craft. Why this angst over the internet — which incidentally, holds many libraries worth of reading and research.

    • Is it really the same thing? Did reading make you neglect your health, family, school and friends?
      If a child spent most of their day online because of a strong interest in a certain subject matter, I think the parents would be aware of that and would not mistake it for addiction.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *