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‘Finsta’: A New Way to Mask Social Media Addiction

‘Finsta’: A New Way to Mask Social Media Addiction

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Social media addiction–if you’re a parent, you’ve probably heard or read about this somewhere. The condition helps explain why so many kids are glued to their phones nowadays. It seems as if they’re more interested in what’s going on in the digital world than what’s right in front of them.

Some parents have made it a rule that in order for their teen to use social media, they have to be a follower or friend so they can at least see what they’re doing on social media. This has led to the creation of the Finsta, though.

What is a ‘finsta’?

A Finsta is a fake instagram account–which is ironic, because it shows the real side of what a teen is doing and feeling. On their “normal” instagram account (the one you follow), it may look like they only post once or twice a week and those posts may portray the typical, happy teenage girl–but on their Finsta it may be a totally different story.

On their Finsta, they’re free to post whatever they want without supervision. Often these accounts either have only a few close friends following or many, many strangers. Many teens have reported that they post much more often on their Finsta, along with much more risque photos.

How does a ‘finsta’ play into social media addiction?

Essentially, every blockade that a parent puts up, a teen will find a way around–if you’re a parent of a teen, you know this all too well. While some teens may be using a Finsta to post silly photos they want to share with just their close friends, others are misusing it.

Social media addiction is defined by using social media in an unhealthy way. When it becomes a harmful habit to your daily life, future, and relationships, it’s a problem. Finsta accounts are often broadly open to cyberbullying, but they’re outside of the parental view, making them more dangerous.

Teens having issues with social media addiction struggle to stop using social media even when they want to. The notifications are too tempting to resist and they end up giving in–whether the comments are negative or not. This unfettered access to social media can cause a real issue in individuals who rely on it too heavily.

If you believe your daughter may have a serious mental health issue, it’s critical to reach out to a professional for guidance.

Solstice East is here for your family

Solstice East is a residential treatment center for girls, ages 14 to 18. We understand the specific needs of troubled girls, which is why our program is centered solely on them. Our girls often grapple with depression, low self-esteem, anxiety, trauma, ADHD, social media addiction, and other emotional or behavioral problems when they come to us.

We strive to help students develop healthy habits and lead themselves back onto a path of success and happiness through meaningful therapy and a nurturing environment.

For more information about how we help with social media addiction at Solstice East, please contact us at 828-484-9946.