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 always in their phones. But they might want to take stock of their own screen time habits.

A study came out last week 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 expressed concern about their own screen time.

Meanwhile, more than half of teens had an observation. They 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." It notes that nearly three-fourths check messages or notifications as soon as they wake up. Parents do the same. But parents do it at a lower rate — 57 percent. This is still substantial.

Big tech companies face a growing backlash. There are complaints against the addictive nature of their gadgets and apps. People complain about the endless notifications and other features. They say they are created to keep people tethered 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 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. He is a professor of pediatrics. He teaches 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 and 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 (101)
  • ChristianH-ilc
    9/01/2018 - 02:29 p.m.

    People are tethered to their phones, for it causes people are addicted to watch videos, pictures, etc. The main reason is people enjoy feeling tethered and wasting time. Spending a lot of time on screen is very common even when people are eating, driving, and working.

  • IbethJ-ilc
    9/01/2018 - 08:08 p.m.

    Yes, I think that many people are tethered to their phones because they have lost their habits like reading a book, drinking a beer with their friends, or walking around the parks without cellphones. Nowadays, a picture put on their social media is more important than spending time with friends without pictures. It's very sad, but It's the trend.

  • TatyM-ilc
    9/02/2018 - 01:17 a.m.

    People are too tethered to their phones because of the special features, gadgets and apps that make their life eassier. Every time, it is more common to see parents with the same addiction to their phones as their children do. Technology should be a tool to ease peopleĀ“s life, but it must not be an impediment to share quality time between family.

  • MajoR-ilc
    9/02/2018 - 10:37 p.m.

    Yes, we are tethered to their phones because we are addicted to social media . We have a lot of apps, tools that can be used for everything, from the agenda and calendar to the watch. We use our phone for everything, to buy food to call a cab. It is impossible to don't use all tools that make our lives easier.

  • RocioU-ilc
    9/02/2018 - 11:44 p.m.

    Yes, people are too tethered to their phone because they spend a lot of time in their gadgets by texting. Also people are connected to social media in work time, lunch time, and free time.

  • CarlosG-ilc
    9/03/2018 - 05:47 p.m.

    I think that adults could be tethered to their phones because they have a lot of job. However, teenagers may be tethered because they have few responsabilities.

  • GustavoC-ilc
    9/03/2018 - 06:06 p.m.

    Yes, people are too tethered to their phones because they spend most part of the day checking their notifications. When someone has some free time, he/she will check his/her phone in order tonget distracted. People is always asking about Internet because they want to be connected all time. In other words, people depend on their phones to feel comfortable and happy.

  • JoseG-ilc
    9/03/2018 - 06:39 p.m.

    I think all generations have had fear about things. For example, my parentĀ“s generation had the paper magazines and they spend a lot of time in that, nowadays we have more connectivity but at the end is the same. Consequently, cell phones are an advantage because is a powerful device where you can do whatever you want, the problem is how you use it.

  • MartinF-ilc
    9/03/2018 - 06:46 p.m.

    In my opinion, I think that many people are addicted to their cellphones because of two reasons. Fist, currently a cellphone has so many tools, such as camera, internet, word, messanges, games, and so on, which makes it useful for a lot of activities. For instance, if someone wants to ask for a pizza, only by using an app you can get it without calling. For this reason, many activities take less time than in the past, and people are constantly using their cellphones. Secondly, because images or interestig information are being posted on social medias all time, many people have developed an unconscious reaction of stopping their daily activities and looking for this information.

  • JaimeC-ilc
    9/03/2018 - 07:22 p.m.

    I think people are tethered to their phones because they spend to much time with them. Technology has given people a lot of tools to ease their lives, and that's why people rely on them too much.

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