Teenagers like parents are affected by smartphone addiction

Teenagers like parents are affected by smartphone addiction
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Christian Boas

According to a recent study by Pew Research, 54 percent of all US teenagers spend too much time on their smartphones. Two-thirds of parents are worried about this. But the parents are not much better. 36 percent say they also spend too much time on their smartphone. Because 51 percent of teenagers complain that their parents or caregivers often do not have time to talk because they are busy with their phone.

Many parents have another problem. 15 percent admit that their mobile phone often distracts them from work. For teenagers, only 8 percent are distracted by it at school. If they did not cheat on the survey, already 52 percent of the teens tried to reduce the time with the smartphone. Even 57 percent are trying to reduce the time they spend on social media. And 58 percent want to play less. On the other hand, 72 percent admit that in the morning after getting up they first check to see if they have any new messages.

The results of the survey show how intimate the bond between teenagers and their smartphones is. 56 percent associate the separation of their device with loneliness, anger and fears. Where girls are more likely to feel anger and anxiety than boys. The survey involved 743 adolescents aged 13 to 17, as well as 1,058 teenage parents. In recent months, the Internet presence of smartphone owners has been much discussed. It’s too much, it’s usually said. The industry is already responding. In new devices from Apple and Google, there will be tools in the future, which manage the time spent by the owners in front of the mobile screen in order to be able to control them more consciously.

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