iAddiction: American Teens Time Online Continues To Increase As New Survey Shows Uptick In Usage. Is It Too Late To Change The Trend? 6/6/18 - A Whittle Bit of Commentary

A Whittle Bit of Commentary with Chad Whittle

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Just a couple of years ago I discussed on the show how teens are addicted to the internet and social media. According to a new survey from Pew, it seems that web addiction is only getting worse among young Americans.

The survey of more than 1,000 parents with kids 13-17 years old and 743 teens, showed that 45 percent of American teens are “almost constantly” online, which is double from the 24 percent who said they were always online in the 2014-2015 survey according to Recode.

They’re mostly using Snapchat and YouTube, with Instagram third. Ninety-five percent of them have a smartphone, so I guess it’s good thing Apple has announced a new app called Screen Time on the iOS 12 update that will allow parents and really any iPhone user, to set limits on how much they use the device and will allow parents the ability to limit their kids use social media.

People of all ages, especially kids, are becoming more and more addicted to their phones. Some may wonder with the way our society is now and how dependent we all are on phones, can these unhealthy addictions to technology be changed?

The answer is yes.

People are addicted to a lot of things: alcohol, cigarettes, porn, and people break those addictions. Technology is no different. It takes a lot of discipline, but it’s possible. Parents are gonna have to step up more with their kids and lead by example by putting their own phones down and rediscovering the lost art of living life outside a screen.  

I’m Chad Whittle on A Whittle Bit of Commentary.

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Background Material:

https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2018/06/04/616833880/apple-aims-to-help-parents-crack-down-on-kids-iphone-use

https://www.recode.net/2018/5/31/17406272/teen-constantly-online-half-america-pew-research-study