Teen's Usage of Cellphone
Story By: Joon Han Editor: Angela Ahn Web Designer: Li June Choi
Does watching videos, playing video games, texting your friends take up a huge percent of your day? If it does, then you are like most teens living in this digital world. The typical teenager spends more than 7 hours a day and more than 50 hours a week mesmerized to a television, computer or cellphone states the Sanford WebMD. From personal experience, screen time is fun. The problem is that too much of it can affect one’s health and productivity at school. Teens and kids these days are always on their smartphones. Technology undoubtedly influenced them.
According to CNN, tweens, identified as children 8 to 12, spend about six hours every day consuming media. This statistic emphasizes that these kids live in a massive 24/7 digital media technology world, and it's shaping every aspect of their life. They spend far more time with media technology than any other thing in their life, including family or friends. Rather than actually communicating with people, they communicate with a smart device. If it seems as if teenagers are spending a lot of time connected to their screens, that is because they are. However, because of this time spent, teenagers may get into social problems and also physical problems.
A new survey has revealed that teens admit to having smartphone addiction and spending about a quarter of their day on their phones. In a poll conducted by Common Sense Media, about 50 percent of teens believe they depend too much on their mobile devices. Similarly, 59 percent of parents know about their teen's addiction to smartphones says the “Tech Times”. The findings give an idea of how teens and parents view the teen’s mobile device usage. Sure, not all teens and kids spend time on their phone frequently.
Parents, of course, are battling with this question: is it the right choice to let their children have a smartphone, with the unrestricted access to the internet? On the other hand, parents want their kids to become able to fit in with their young peers who also have the latest smart devices. On the other hand, the news is full of stories of young people involved in internet crimes or becoming victims of cyberbullying. The question is, is usage of smartphones a helpful development for humankind?