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 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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COMMENTS (243)
  • Beno-eic
    8/31/2018 - 12:06 p.m.

    I didn't know that phones could be so addictive.

  • Leytons-eic
    8/31/2018 - 12:06 p.m.

    i didn't know phones were addicting to the world that much

  • Renaej-eic
    8/31/2018 - 12:11 p.m.

    people are tethered because of games and Social Media. Most of the world have smart phones.

    • XzavierM-5
      3/03/2020 - 09:46 a.m.

      Yes, people are tethered to their phones. I think people are an Instagram and face book a lot. “Kids Don’t always do what we say but they do as we do” says Donald Shifrin. He is a Professor of Pediatrics. If their parents do it the child will do it. I think people are tethered to their phones because adults models the behavior to their children. That is a example that if a parent does it the child will do too

  • Lilas-eic
    8/31/2018 - 12:12 p.m.

    I think people are teathered to their phones! people need to just shut them down for a day or two!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • AidanC-56
      3/03/2020 - 09:47 a.m.

      I 100% agree with you because two-thirds of of the parents said they were concerned about their child's screen-time. One third of the parents said that they themselves are addicted to their screens. This is a sign that they are setting a bad example for their children.

    • AlexB-5
      3/03/2020 - 10:05 a.m.

      I agree with you, phones are to adictave for adults and children. But it's like you said, people are to tethered to phones to stop. Even though it seems easy to put down a phone, for someone who has been using it for a long time, it's actually quite hard to put down their screen. however, this could actually save lives. if there is an emergency, with a phone, you can call 911. this action could save your life, or maybe more. if the police/firemen don't know about the emergency, they won't get there in time, and something bad could happen in that time.

  • Marthah-eic
    8/31/2018 - 12:15 p.m.

    i think people these days are for sure tethered to there phones, I myself have tried to cut down on screen time. I used to be on it ALL day. With school and reading I don't get lots of time on my phone or ipad, so that makes me happy. With social media it makes it hard to leave your phone, you wanna chat with your friends and post stuff but the reality is you can chat with your friends and hang out in the real world, not just on a phone.

    • LizzyK-5
      3/03/2020 - 09:59 a.m.

      I totally agree with this, people need to cut down on screen time. I am also happy that you have cut down on screen time. Hanging out with friends and playing outside is very important. Great points all around!

    • XzavierM-5
      3/03/2020 - 10:02 a.m.

      I like your idea on playing outside on not on your phone. But what is you need to ask them and they live like 15 mins away. Are you really going to walk all that way and then if they say they are busy you have to walk all the wa back. But if you use your phone in like 2.5 seconds it take to ask them

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