Friday August 24, 2018

A Majority of U.S. Teens are Taking Steps to Limit Smartphone and Social Media Use

An interesting study from the Pew Research Center is showing that U.S. teens are starting to limit their use of smartphones and apps. It says 54% of teens are admitting to staying on the phones too much and almost the same percentage say they are trying to limit their use. In regards to social media and gaming they are trying to limit them by 57% and 58% respectively. This is pretty good news and I hope our youth can pry their face away from their phones because it would definitely be a good thing for society as a whole. Maybe there's hope for the next generation after all.

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Fully 72% of teens say they often or sometimes check for messages or notifications as soon as they wake up, while roughly four-in-ten say they feel anxious when they do not have their cellphone with them. Overall, 56% of teens associate the absence of their cellphone with at least one of these three emotions: loneliness, being upset or feeling anxious. Additionally, girls are more likely than boys to feel anxious or lonely without their cellphone.