British Teens & Stroke Survivors.

This week I’ve been away for the most part and am off again today, so this will be a very short blog but hopefully still one you will enjoy.

Recently in the press, it has been highlighted that teenagers are becoming ever more isolated due to technology. Stating figures that 90 percent of British 16-25 year olds owns a smartphone and as a result spend more than 27 hours a week on the Internet. A survey highlighted that 14-16 year olds are more than twice as likely to spend time in their bedrooms rather than with friends at their homes.

The news goes on to highlight many more important and staggering facts, I am in no way diminishing their importance by not referring to them further but merely talking obviously about stroke. What some of these points highlighted to me, and I wonder if you agree, is the similarities to these teenagers and us as stroke survivors.

We reach a point when rehabilitation has stopped, our family members are out all day at work and school and we find ourselves at home alone. We have far too much time on our hands. This in itself is dangerous, as unlike the days pre-stroke most of us cannot move around or do very much for ourselves. This is when stroke survivors often become depressed and lonely it could be a prime time to reach out to texting or other social media methods to contact people.

Initially, this is good but when we are already low on confidence it can become an excuse to not go out, not make that step and socialise again, and the longer we leave it the more difficult it becomes as we know.

So you see how to me there is a real danger of other groups not only teenagers falling into this trap of hiding away from the world behind a mobile phone. What do you think?

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