Are we addicted to our cell phones?
Many of us are, including one out of two teens, according to a new report released Tuesday by Common Sense Media.
Smartphone addiction is disrupting teens’ daily lives
The report found 50% of teens “feel addicted” to mobile devices, and 59% of their parents agree. And both parents and kids worry about the impact of constant mobile device use on their daily lives — from driving to the dinner table. A third of the families in the Common Sense poll argued about phone usage every day.
“Mobile devices are fundamentally changing how families go about day-to-day lives, be it doing homework, driving, or having dinner together,” said James Steyer, founder and CEO of Common Sense. “What we’ve discovered is that kids and parents feel addicted to their mobile devices, that it is causing daily conflict in homes, and that families are concerned about the consequences. We also know that problematic media use can negatively affect children’s development and that multitasking can harm learning and performance.”