Study: Many teens — and parents — feel tethered to phones


Make text smaller Make text larger



Photos





Parents lament their teenagers' noses constantly in their phones, but they might want to take stock of their own screen time habits.

A study out Wednesday from the Pew Research Center found that two-thirds of parents are concerned about the amount of time their teenage children spend in front of screens, while more than a third expressed concern about their own screen time.

Meanwhile, more than half of teens said they often or sometimes find their parents or caregivers to be distracted when the teens are trying to have a conversation with them. The study calls teens' relationship with their phones at times "hyperconnected" and notes that nearly three-fourths check messages or notifications as soon as they wake up. Parents do the same, but at a lower if still substantial rate — 57 percent.

Big tech companies face a growing backlash against the addictive nature of their gadgets and apps, the endless notifications and other features created to keep people tethered to their screens.

Many teens are trying to do something about it: 52 percent said they have cut back on the time they spend on their phones and 57 percent did the same with social media.

Experts say parents have a big role in their kids' screen habits and setting a good example is a big part of it.

"Kids don't always do what we say but they do as we do," said Donald Shifrin, a professor of pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine, who was not involved in the Pew study. "Parents are the door that kids will walk through on their way to the world."

The study surveyed 743 U.S. teens and 1,058 U.S. parents of teens from March 7 to April 10. The margin of error is 4.5 percentage points.



Make text smaller Make text larger

Comments

Pool Rules



MUST READ NEWS

Girls Run the World
More than 900 people turned out for Girls World Expo Sunday October 20th at the Palacio Catering Center in Goshen. Activities for girls 11-18 included archery and self-defense...
Read more »
Image

Jefferson plans karate program
OAK RIDGE — The Jefferson Township Recreation Department’s Karate Program will begin its 5-week session on Monday, November 19, 2018 and continue through Monday,...
Read more »

Jefferson committee schedules Gingerbread House contest
The Jefferson Arts Committee has scheduled its 13th annual Gingerbread House Contest as part of its upcoming Christmas in the...
Read more »

Crystal Cup champions crowned
Twenty-eight Golfers who had competed all golf season to qualify for the end of the year...
Read more »
Image

VIDEOS



Subscribe to our mailing list

* indicates required
Community Newspapers



MOST READ

Features
Teen 2018
  • Oct 19, 2018
Entertainment
Christmas Carol auditions planned
  • Oct 19, 2018
Obituaries
Thank you for help with tournament
  • Oct 19, 2018

MOST COMMENTED



Weather in Lafayette, NJ