About 75% of US teens use their phones to text, and they're doing it more than ever—sending an average of 60 text messages a day. However, fewer than 40% of teens us their phones to actually call anybody.
Interestingly, according to a story from Focus on the Family’s Plugged In.com, these days it's often KIDS who are irritated by their PARENTS tech addiction.
Seven-year-old Luca Finzi says: "You can't get my mom off that phone.”
Her 10-year-old brother Miles agrees. He says: "We'll be at the dog park, and she'll just start texting someone."
Four-year-old Aidan Mangan sometimes pretends to have potty training accidents to pull her dad away from Madden NFL.
The trend has gotten so bad that some kids, after watching their parents' tech obsession interfere with their real-world relationships, have taken to limiting their own tech time.
Michael Rich, director of the Center on Media and Child Health at Children's Hospital Boston says "Some of the kids are saying, 'I don't want this for myself,'"
In fact, according to the Pew Research Center's Internet and the American Life Project, teens and twenty-somethings are undecided about whether personal tech will turn out to be a good or a bad thing in the future.
55% of young people believe that the year 2020 will be loaded with great connectivity and easy-to-access answers to everything. But 42% of them believe that it will be filled with easily distracted folks who lack the ability to think deeply about much of anything.
…uhh—what was I just talking about? (sorry--I got distracted—just received an important text message) ;-]
I’m Bill Maier for family-friendly, commercial free, WBCL.