Teens and adults say they feel tethered to phones
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 lament their teenagers' noses constantly in their phones, but they might want to take stock of their own screen time habits.

A study out last week from the Pew Research Center found that two-thirds of parents are concerned about the amount of time their teenage children spend in front of screens, while more than a third expressed concern about their own screen time.

Meanwhile, more than half of teens said they often or sometimes find their parents or caregivers to be distracted when the teens are trying to have a conversation with them. The study calls teens' relationship with their phones at times "hyperconnected" and notes that nearly three-fourths check messages or notifications as soon as they wake up. Parents do the same, but at a lower if still substantial rate — 57 percent.

Big tech companies face a growing backlash against the addictive nature of their gadgets and apps, the endless notifications and other features created to keep people tethered to their screens.

Many teens are trying to do something about it: 52 percent said they have cut back on the time they spend on their phones and 57 percent did the same with social media.

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

"Kids don't always do what we say but they do as we do," said Donald Shifrin, a professor of pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine, who 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 and 1,058 U.S. parents of teens from March 7 to April 10 with the margin of error at 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 (51)
  • Williamy-tod
    9/26/2018 - 11:42 a.m.

    Yes I think that people are to tethered to their phones. I think that because people always want to look at what their friends are posting. They also want to talk to their friends on social media apps.

  • Amberl-tod
    9/26/2018 - 11:42 a.m.

    because teens spend more on there phone then what they see in the world and parents spend some time on there phone like as soon as they get up but teens are on there phone the time they wake the time they do to bed

  • Briannas-tod
    9/26/2018 - 11:42 a.m.

    Yes people are too connected to their phones. Teens and adults alike are tethered to their phone, constantly on their phones 24/7. The use of social media and addictive games keep people wanting to stay on, to stay connected to everyone.

  • Justinp-tod
    9/26/2018 - 11:44 a.m.

    I think that teens staying on their phones for so long could possibly damage their vision and their attention spans

  • Jacobr-tod1
    9/26/2018 - 11:44 a.m.

    Yes, people are addicted to phones and social media.

  • Chasec-tod
    9/26/2018 - 11:47 a.m.

    I believe that it's okay to be somewhat connected, but hyperconnected is another situation. To be connected is a good thing to communicate. Hyperconnected I think is an exaggeration to say most people, but some people are too connected as told.

  • Ethang-tod
    9/26/2018 - 11:48 a.m.

    I believe people can be to tethered to their phone, when they are on their phone every min of the day.

  • Nicholasc-tod
    9/26/2018 - 11:48 a.m.

    In my opinion, people are way too attached to their phones and what is on their phones. People don't go outside anymore they just spend their days either on the couch or in their beds on their phones and not doing anything productive with their lives. people use their phones way to much they could be sitting in the other room and be texting someone in the same house rather than walk to them and ask them something or talk to them.

  • Matthewf-tod
    9/26/2018 - 11:48 a.m.

    Kids are addicted to their phones. thats all

  • Johnj-tod
    9/26/2018 - 11:50 a.m.

    No I dont think people are too attached but it also bepends on the individual person

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