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. However, 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. 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 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. He is a professor of pediatrics 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 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 (11)
  • genesisd-orv
    9/19/2018 - 02:13 p.m.

    will i think yes and no its half and half yes because half of the people in the u.s are because their on social media but the other half just have phones to call people and that's it.

  • PaigeM-dec
    9/24/2018 - 08:18 a.m.

    I agree that teens and some adults are clinged to their phone.

  • SummerS-dec
    9/24/2018 - 09:23 a.m.

    I can somewhat agree that teens and adults are attatched the their phones. But I don't agree about spending less time on them cause if you are very bored and you ain't got nothin else to do you have no choice but to go on your phone cause sometimes life in the real world is too boring.

  • MckenzieH-dec
    9/24/2018 - 11:02 a.m.

    I agree that teenagers and adults spend spend a lot of time on their phones.

  • BelaggioC-dec
    9/24/2018 - 01:20 p.m.

    Yes some of us are connected to cell phones but we should do something about it.

  • CesiaSL-fitz
    10/03/2018 - 05:04 p.m.

    In my opinion I think people are really tethered to their phones, well it’s not the phones it’s what kind of apps are in the phone. The games in your phone you can really get addicte to it, and you start to ignore those around you. All you want to do is play that game or be in social media. People haven’t been paying so much attention to the really world but only the world of social media.

  • genesisd-orv
    10/04/2018 - 11:16 a.m.

    social media ,texting friends,or loved ones ,games

  • jcruz-wim4
    10/12/2018 - 11:58 a.m.

    i think that people are getting tethered with their phones because people spend their times on phones more than 52 percent people that were in the project say they spend usually up to 8 hours.

  • rsull-wim4
    10/12/2018 - 12:13 p.m.

    Yes, people are too tethered to their phones because most people rely on their phones for everything. they might not be able to survive without their phones for a day which can be a big problem.

  • DeborahJ-lam
    10/26/2018 - 09:52 a.m.

    I think people are too tethered with their phones because sometimes, when you want to have a conversation with someone, they're too busy texting or playing a game on their phone to pay attention to what your saying.

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