At Outback, we know that every child’s struggles are unique. A primary challenge that teens face is the overwhelming availability of distractions. Video games, social media, and the internet all present an escape from the realities of day to day life. If you are concerned that your child has a video game addiction or internet addiction, you are not alone.
When combined with clinically sophisticated therapy, the wilderness experience becomes effective and life-changing. We believe no better place than the wilderness exists to help students with problematic digital media use start their therapeutic journey. We at Outback have developed UNPLUGGED, a unique, intensive, clinically sophisticated video game and internet addiction treatment program targeted specifically for teens. While at UNPLUGGED, students find freedom from their compulsion, motivation for change, and renewed hope for the future.
This new Outback Therapeutic Expeditions infographic, WIRED: The Relationship Between Neuroscience and Video Games, Social Media, & Internet Abuse, highlights some surprising statistics about problematic electronics use among adolescents.
- Did you know 32% of gaming teens report that at least one of their three favorite games is rated Mature or Adults Only?
- Did you know 92% of teens report going online daily — including 24% who say they go online “almost constantly?
- Did you know the cumulative amount of screen time a teen gets throughout the day — not just before bedtime — affects how long they sleep?