Study: 45% of parents, 39% of teens admit to smart device addiction

A new Common Sense Media study finds that 45% of parents and 39% of teens admit they feel addicted to their devices.

News 12 Staff

May 29, 2019, 7:21 PM

Updated 1,824 days ago

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Teens and parents alike are reaching for their phones at an alarming rate, according to a new Common Sense Media study.
It finds that 45% of parents and 39% of teens admit they feel addicted to their devices.
The study also finds that 54% of parents and 58% of teens say they're distracted daily by their phone or tablet.
And 26% of parents and 36% of teens say they even wake up at least once a night to check their phones.
Some say it's just how the world is now.
"It's not good," says Wendy Cataldo, of Huntington. "The kids sit there and they're not talking to each other, they're looking at their phones."
Dr. Pam Hurst is the founder of Children and Screens: Institute of Digital Media and Child Development and is also a clinical assistant professor of health care policy at Stony Brook University. She says parents and kids should talk about finding a balance between life and technology that works for them.
Some key points to note: Researchers say phones and tablets should be kept away from children until at least age 2; parents and kids should avoid keeping phones in their bedrooms; turn off your screens an hour or two before bed to give yourself time to relax; when first getting home from school or work, keep your phone off and reflect on your day.
Go HERE for an infographic on the findings.


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