Even teenagers worry about spending too much time on their smartphones, survey says

A passenger uses his smartphone as he waits for the train at a subway station in Istanbul, Turkey, on 14 June 2017. REUTERS/Murad Sezer – RTS171LU

Hyperconnected teens are uneasy about smartphone dependence, according to a new survey.

A surprising 54 percent of teenagers aged 13 to 17 say that they spend too much time on their mobile phone,” according to the Pew Research Center, which announced the results this week.

Approximately 52 percent say that they have tried to cut down on their cell phone use. And 57 percent of teens have tried to restrict the use of social media, while 58 percent have tried to take their video game use, according to Pew.


And about nine out of ten believe spending too much time online is a problem, and 60 percent say it is a big problem, the study said.

But the research also shows why this is a lost cause. A whopping 72 percent say they “often or sometimes” check for new messages or notifications when they wake up. More worrisome is that 56 percent of the teens said that at least one of the three emotions of “loneliness, angry, or anxious feeling” is activated when they don’t have their phone, Pew said.

The survey also said that there is a gap between the ‘teens’ views of how much time they spend on different screens and whether they have tried to make their time on these devices.” For example, 53 percent of those who say that they spend too much time on their phone have ever cut down.

“Teen life is inundated with technology. The vast majority of the teenagers in the United States have access to a smartphone, and 45% are online on an almost constant basis,” Pew said in a statement.

Parents are not dishes that are good. Half of the teens said one of their parents is derived if the parent of the use of their own phone “at least sometimes” during the conversations between the parents and the teenager.

The survey interviews with 743 teenagers and with 1,058 parents who belong to the NORC AmeriSpeak panel. Interviews were conducted online and by telephone from March 7 to April 10, 2018, Pew said.


A budding movement to discourage excessive use

This is happening against a growing movement to address device addiction – for both young people and adults.

Earlier this summer, Apple has a new feature called “Screen Time” in the next iOS-12 mobile software that is aimed at control of chronic iPhone use by monitoring how much time do you spend in a specific application, in particular social media such as Facebook.

The function will show you often you are picking up your phone and apps bombard you with notifications.

And Google has announced a similar technology in May for the upcoming Android P software for phones.

Startups have even sprung up that try to prevent the use in some shops. Yondr, for example, has developed a technology to create “phone-free parking.”

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