ABSTRACT

At all ages, involuntary and persistent isolation is a matter for concern. At the end of infancy, it may be worrying, but the isolation that appears in adolescence is frequently a symptom of emotional disturbance and can feel deeply alarming for the family. This conflicting developmental period can be better understood psychoanalytically but remains a common topic in the media, which often focus particularly on the influence of electronic games in causing adolescent isolation.