BEACON TRANSCRIPT – Can we no longer live even for just one hour without our phone? It appears so. An alarming number of studies have shown that more than half of teens are addicted to their phones. Many of their parents as well.
More than half of U.S.A.’s teens admit they are addicted to their phones, a whopping 59 percent of the teenagers aged 12 to 18 admitting it. This age segment has the tendency of checking its phone every hour and respond immediately to text messages. This might just be a cry for attention and the need to form a connection with other youngsters. But this type of behavior is self-destructive. Arguments between teenagers and their parents become even more frequent, school gets neglected and in more extreme cases, their lives are put at risk. Some parents have gone as far as saying that their children, especially their teens, are practically glued to their phones.
And it not only the teenagers, because children aged 8 to 12 spend about six hours every day using different types of media.
Their parents and adults, in general, are at huge risk as well. When it comes to setting a good example for their children, many of them fail to do so. Alarmingly, 56 percent of adults have said that they use their phones while driving. But not all parents agree that mobiles have a bad influence on their or their children’s lives. Some stated that phones, laptops and tablets provide a good method of staying in touch with their loved ones and checking up on their children. Other parents have chosen another road, confiscating devices or limiting the access to the Internet.
It isn’t very clear what the impact media and excessive phone usage have on children in the long term, and more research is in order to find solutions.
The struggle to find a balance in our digitally-run life becomes harder every day, with so many distractions and constant development of new technology. The question at hand is, how far will we go in the near future? More than half of teens are addicted to their phones. How long until we cannot control what used to be simple objects? And when will the objects control us entirely?
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