The Link Between Technology & Social Anxiety: Why Face-to-Face Engagement is So Important


In video 5, my 8-part discussion with Amy Frisch, a wonderful therapist leading teenage girls’ groups for twenty years, she had some truly helpful things to say about social anxiety.

She talks about how stimulating technology can be and how we must help teens learn to quiet their central nervous system. I think we sometimes forget that we are human animals and that when it comes to fear and anxiety, our reactions are often not much different than other animals.

My takeaway

My favorite takeaway from this short video is when Amy says that today teens consider “hanging out” what they do on Skype or Snapchat. They don’t call each other on the phone and say, “come over to my house, hang out; no one’s home.”

With so much of our communication being done through our phones, the idea of sitting face-to-face feels like too much. Too much pressure, too much stress, and maybe even too much intimacy.

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Adam Simon, Odyssey Teen Camp Director

Adam Simon

I'm Adam Simon. I started teen camp eighteen years ago with the vision of creating a space where teenagers would know they are safe from bullying or negative judgments and would feel free to show who they really are and to become their best selves. Let's connect, discuss, and engage...
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