In the old days, if a teenager was sad, easily stressed, or showed a lack of interest in activities, you’d probably assume they were on drugs or simply depressed. This may not always be the case in today’s society.
We’re finding now that anhedonia, the inability to feel pleasure, may also be caused by extensive use of digital technology.
How Digital Stimulation Can Cause Anhedonia in Your Kids
If your child is easily bored, has lost interest in things that use to thrill him, finds homework overwhelming, and is lethargic and sullen, then listen closely. Those things are signs of drug abuse or depression. I am not a psychic but I’m guessing he is probably an avid video gamer, internet browser, TV watcher, or maybe all three at once.
Multitasking is another commonality among teenagers who have been stricken with a self inflicted wound known as anhedonia. Anhedonia, commonly paralleled with digital dementia, results from extensive digital stimuli. So before you freak out about illicit drugs first round up the i-toys and pull all the plugs.
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