THE MAJOR ISSUES FACING TEENAGERS
Internet and Gaming Addiction
Younger generations, unlike their parents' generations, often socialize, hang out, and communicate online, rather than in person. They prefer to text rather than talk on the phone, and often prefer to socialize on Twitter or Facebook rather than in the local bar, on the street or at the town square.
The digital divide: The younger generation has been referred to as being one of "Digital Natives" while the older generation has been referred to as one of "Digital Immigrants."
Unlike the older generation, young people are highly capable of effective multitasking, which is sometimes seen by the older generation as a lack of attention and focus.
Some young people spend much too much time in front of a computer screen, spending up to 20 hours a day, seven days a week.
Spending countless hours a day, every day, on gaming or perusing the Internet can interfere with young people's emotional, physical, intellectual and spiritual development.
Around the world there are alarming reports of Internet Addiction and sever online gaming addiction. Korea, Japan, Germany and the United States, all report increasing numbers of young people who spend over 40 hours a week online.
While the older generation may primarily use the Internet to gather important information and follow up on important news, the younger generation uses the Internet for a wider range of activities. These include: homework, communication, fun, gaming, social connection and interaction, information gathering, to view videos, listen to music, post photos, blog, chat, etc.
Many of older-parents generations, being digital immigrants, view almost all online activities and multitasking as waste of time and a lack of focus. They neither recognize, nor understand, the social value of online social networking, the learning that takes place in online games, the capacity of young people to multitask, and the enormous fun, pleasure...