Teens and adults say they feel tethered to phones A group of teenagers play "Pokemon Go" in downtown Hartselle, Ala. (Crystal VanderWeit/The Decatur Daily via AP/AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato, File)
Teens and adults say they feel tethered to phones
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Parents moan about their teenagers' noses always in their phones. But they might want to take stock of their own screen time habits.

A study was put out last week. It was from the Pew Research Center. It found that two-thirds of parents are concerned about the amount of time their teenage children spend in front of screens. But more than a third of parents said they have concerns about their own screen time.

More than half of teens had an observation. They said they often or sometimes find their parents or caregivers to be distracted. It’s often when the teens are trying to have a conversation with them. The study calls teens' relationship with their phones at times "hyperconnected." It notes that nearly three-fourths check messages when they wake up. They also check their notifications. Parents do the same. But parents do it at a lower rate. That rate is 57 percent. It is still a lot.

Big tech companies face a growing backlash. There are complaints against the addictive nature of their gadgets. And against their apps. People complain about the endless notifications. They complain about other features. They say they are created to keep people tied to their screens.

Many teens are trying to do something about it. Fifty-two percent said they have cut back on the time they spend on their phones. Fifty-seven percent did the same with social media.

Experts say parents have a big role in their kids' screen habits. Setting a good example is a big part of it.

"Kids don't always do what we say but they do as we do." That's according to Donald Shifrin. He is a professor. He teaches pediatrics. He works at the University of Washington School of Medicine. He was not involved in the Pew study. "Parents are the door that kids will walk through on their way to the world."

The study surveyed 743 U.S. teens. It surveyed 1,058 U.S. parents of teens. It was conducted from March 7 to April 10. The margin of error is 4.5 percentage points.

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Do you think people are too tethered to their phones? Why or why not?
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COMMENTS (42)
  • MorganC-10
    9/05/2018 - 01:02 p.m.

    I let my sister go on my phone and she will never stop asking me.

  • ValerieB-
    9/05/2018 - 01:03 p.m.

    I agree that a lot of people in the world keep on spending more and more time on their phones and it is very addicting but we need to try to stop this. And another comment about kids... they get their phones way to early, they get them a lot in 2nd Grade and that is horrible!

  • ValerieB-
    9/05/2018 - 01:03 p.m.

    phones are too addicting

  • AnaB-3
    9/05/2018 - 01:04 p.m.

    Donald Shifrin Works at the university of Washington schools of media.

  • JacobW-21
    9/05/2018 - 01:04 p.m.

    that is suprising how much pepole stay on thair fone

  • McKennaF-
    9/05/2018 - 01:04 p.m.

    I don't spend a lot of time on my phone.

  • AJG-
    9/05/2018 - 01:05 p.m.

    That is sad. most teenagers spend most of there time on there phone.

  • ShianneS-
    9/05/2018 - 01:05 p.m.

    i live on my phone. my parents are complaining but my dad is on his phone, My step mom is hogging the t.v.. my brother is the only on playing with is 50 million trucks. when I am at my moms I am on my my phone or tablet and shes on her phone watching t.v.

  • MaddieS-hol
    9/07/2018 - 09:56 a.m.

    Yes, because they use them to communicate more that talking face to face.

  • MackenzieS-hol1
    9/07/2018 - 09:58 a.m.

    I think it really depends, if someone is on their phone a lot for work purposes or a school assignment then I would say no. But for social media purposes I would say yes, people are on their phones and devices too much for that.

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