Teenage Years Are Foundational
Within the high school years, teenagers are going through the greatest changes in their lives. It is within these years that teenagers begin to really start developing ideas of who they are and where they stand in this world. These years are imperative for teens to have a good understanding of identity in Christ and encouraging peers to help stay away from the dark temptations that can hurt them and others…
Sadly, very few teens are connected to influences that encourage healthy character. Honestly, Kids are having trouble feeling connected to anything at all. Ironically, due to social media, Teenagers today are the most “connected” generation in the history of the world, yet at the same time the loneliest. According to a study by Cigna U.S. on loneliness, 73% of Generation Z (anyone born from 2000-2015) have reported feeling sometimes or always alone. That is a huge percentage of youth who are simply feeling isolated, and it is significantly more than previous generations. Something is happening that is spurring up lonesome feelings in the youth of our communities.
Loneliness is just the tip of the iceberg, “Consequently, loneliness in young adults can exacerbate or be a catalyst for depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts, which in turn leads to more loneliness. That’s because the symptoms of depression and anxiety, such as low self-esteem and low energy, often prevent people from reaching out to others and engaging in social activities” (thenewportacademy.com).
These anxieties really do take a toll on the youth, they need help