We are just now starting to ask some very important questions about these wonderful, little devices that make our lives so much “easier”. What impact are they having on us? More importantly, what kind of impact are they having on our kids? There are some pretty alarming statistics about smartphones as this generation wrestles with how these machines are changing our lives:
- 50% of teens feel they are addicted to their smartphones.
- 69% of parents and 78% of teens check their phone at least hourly.
- 72% of teens feel they need to respond and answer texts and messages immediately.
- 66% of parents feel that their teenager spends too much time on their smartphone.
- 54% of teens felt that their parents check their phones too often.
- 52% of parents are trying to lessen time spent on their mobile devices.
- 28% of teens say their parents are addicted to their phones.
- 36% of parents say that they have conflict with their teen about smartphones on a daily basis.
So today, what we have is huge companies with millions of dollars at their disposable and brilliant minds working on ways to try and get you hooked on your phones, apps, or social media networks. There is literally an “arms race” by these companies to develop ways to keep you interacting with the device. The statistics point to the fact that they are winning as more and more of our time every year is spent with our heads down looking at our phones.