Teens and Technology Addiction


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In a recent survey of 1,240 kids ages 12-18 and parents (620 kids and 620 adults from the same households) by Common Sense Media, 50 percent of teens “feel addicted” to their mobile devices and 59 percent of parents agree that their teen is addicted. The survey found that:

  • 72 percent of teens and 48 percent of parents feel they must respond immediately to texts, social network messages and other notifications.
  • 78 percent of teens and 69 percent of parents check their devices at least hourly.
  • 77 percent of parents feel their children get distracted by their devices and don’t pay attention when they are together at least a few times each week.
  • 66 percent of parents and 32 percent of teens say they argue with each other on a daily basis about device use.

Fast Stats

56 Percent: The percentage of parents who admit they check their mobile devices while driving.

51 Percent: The percentage of teens who say they see their parents checking/using their mobile devices while driving.

Source: Common Sense Media

Katherine Kopp is a freelance writer and editor in Chapel Hill.

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