Boredom by itself it enough to handle, but when you stuck in a desert oasis, boredom can take on a whole new and full-fronted face. Boredom often stems from a lack of creativity, endeavor, or motivation, and the rising rate of boredom among teenagers is at an all-time high. Clare Smart, a counsellor for adolescence and adults at Lifeworks in Dubai, believes that boredom in teenagers is an international phenomenon, and says that many of the young people in Dubai complain to her about being bored, in Dubai. The dangers related to boredom are both serious and far-reaching, and can lead to feelings of depression, loneliness, and anger, and is even a possible trigger for increased risk-taking behavior. Boredom takes some perseverance to overcome or shake off. It is a state of mind and it requires committed determination to do something about it, or make a change to the routine.
The Link Between Teenage Addiction and Boredom
Teenagers throughout the UAE are fit, energetic, and more than sufficiently financed by their parents. They are also very often bored to tears. With no lack of financial aid, teenagers in Dubai have very little chance of getting a job and earning their own money, leaving them with more time on their hands than they have things to fill that time with. The irony lies in the fact that it is often the arrangement of too many activities by parents that leave teens without the ability to entertain themselves. The same can be said about parents that make life too easy for their child. A study conducted by market research firm AMRB, found that Emirati teenagers are the highest spenders in the world, and that they receive the vast majority of their money from their parents.
From time to time, everyone gets bored. It’s how you choose to handle it that makes all the difference. The remedy of sitting around and “passing the pipe” is the kind of remedy that can lead down a path of anti-social and destructive behavior that eventually leads to addiction, alleviating your boredom in a self-destructive and detrimental way.
Teens, and adults alike, can form a habit from a certain degree of comfort and safety that are associated with boredom. And, since nobody expects anything of you, and in turn, you expect nothing from yourself, the choice of drugs or alcohol becomes an acceptable behavior and the easiest and quickest way to fix your bored state of being.
Appropriate Actions and Parental Advice
Overcoming the presence of boredom is challenging at any age. The answer however, lies in confronting, and moving through and beyond the causes of boredom, by asking oneself, “What challenging or unpleasant experience am I trying to avoid?” If a teenager is bored then action most definitely needs to be taken, after all, parents are responsible for the development of their child’s interests, hobbies, and passions. Children or adolescence that are spending too much time in front of the TV, or any other screen for that matter, should be encouraged to look for and participate in more stimulating and engaging activities. Throughout the UAE there are sports, clubs and groups popping up all over the place, and they are a great way to fight boredom and make friends.
For teenagers in Dubai going to parties is a normal social experience, and one that has received a lot of bad publicity due to the consumption of alcohol and illicit drugs. However, in Dubai going to parties is a normal part of the socialization process, and parents should gather more and detailed information from their kids about the these parties. Parties do usually mean than illegal substance are readily available, parents should however educate their kids about the dangers and the realities of taking and abusing such substances. In turn, parents should educate themselves on the different drugs as well as their street names and effects. Parents must not be afraid of talking to their kids about drugs and drug use. It may be the only sensible advice they get on the subject.