Important New Study Reveals Teens Feel Addicted to Their Phones

by ParentCo. May 03, 2016

two young boys playing with mobile phones

Half of of all teens say they feel addicted to their mobile devices. Not only do teens feel they can’t put their devices down, but their parents know it (59 percent) and many parents themselves can’t put their own devices down (27 percent). This according to a new report by Common Sense Media, which also found that teens feel their parents are addicted as well. The report also found that devices are impacting our relationships. Of the parents surveyed, 77 percent feel teens get distracted by devices and don’t pay attention when they are together and 41 percent of teens say the same about their parents. Screens are also impacting our health and safety: 56 percent of parents admit to using devices while driving — with kids in the car — and 51 percent of teens see their parents checking mobile devices while driving.
For tips on how to address the issue and its impact on your family, read the full study and/or click over to this Washington Post summary: Teens say they’re addicted to technology. Here’s how parents can help.


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