Three out of four teens addicted to their phones – with one in four of their parents also hooked

A new study claims smartphone usage is causing fights and tension on a daily basis

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Both parents and children responding to the survey claimed they felt compelled to check their phones on the hour [Flickr/wsy_irena]

Nearly 60% of teenagers believe they are addicted to their smartphones, with many of their parents succumbing to the same problem, a new study had revealed. Conducted for Common Sense Media, the study involved interviews with 1,240 parents and their children aged 12 to 18, 59% of the teen respondents confessed to feeling addicted.

Four out of five teenagers admitted to checking their phones on an hourly basis, and 72% of them said they felt immediately compelled to respond to any text messages or social media updates they might have received.

When it came to their parents, two out of three said that they believed their teenage children spend too much time on their mobile devices, while 36% of them said that phone usage by their children leads to a daily argument.

But perhaps more eye-opening were the facts that the problem of smartphone addiction was also highly prevalent in the parent respondents to the poll. Many mothers and father interviewed admitted that they encounter many difficulties when trying to regulate their own phone usage, with 27% of the adults identifying as addicts. Nearly 30% of the teenagers polled claimed they felt their parents were showing signs of smartphone addiction.

Sixty-nine percent of parents looked at their phones once every 60 minutes, and nearly half of them also said they felt compelled to respond to any messages straight away.

"Mobile devices are fundamentally changing how families go about day-to-day lives, be it doing homework, driving, or having dinner together," said James Steyer, founder and CEO of Common Sense.

"What we've discovered is that kids and parents feel addicted to their mobile devices, that it is causing daily conflict in homes, and that families are concerned about the consequences. We also know that problematic media use can negatively affect children's development and that multitasking can harm learning and performance. As a society, we all have a responsibility to take media use and addiction seriously and make sure parents have the information to help them make smart choices for their families."

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