Teenagers have always ignored their parents. These days they do it while staring on a smartphone, and even they are not happy with it.
More than half of all teens think they use too much of the phones, according to a survey by the Pew Research Center released Wednesday. And it does more than annoying adults. A quarter of the teens became angry, lonely and upset without their phones. Girls were more likely to report the feeling that way.
Screening time and phone addiction have gained increasing attention from the companies that sell them. Google, Facebook and Apple have created tools to help people cut down on how much time they spend with their devices. But there has been no crucial research that investigates whether such approaches, focusing on awareness and tracking, help.
Doctors and other experts are concerned that phones, tablets and other monitors can affect everything from cognitive development to social skills. But much of handwringing has been over youth binging comics on Netflix or YouTube. The Pew study is the latest in its series of inquiries focusing on children ages 1
The study found that parents also worry about their teenagers. Two thirds of parents expressed concern about how much children use their devices. More than half said they have taken control of when their youngsters can use smartphones.
"In some ways, parents and teenagers only talk about this issue recently," said Monica Anderson, senior researcher at Pew. "The almost universal access to smartphone among teenagers is a fairly new phenomenon."
A full 95% of the teens in the United States have smartphones now. It's a 20% jump since Pew recently investigated the issue in 2015.
Overuse begins first in the morning and continues frequently throughout the day. Three out of four teenagers reported to check their phones as soon as they woke up, and 45% said they are online almost constant, playing games and checking social media. More than half report feels like they must respond to messages right away.
The school offers a short break. Only 31% of teenagers said their phones distract them in the classroom. This may be because many schools strictly control telephone usage. (A little more parents, 39% say their phones are distracting at work.)
If there is any good news in the report, this is as follows: Teens try to solve the problem. More than half of the surveyed youngsters reported cutting down on screen time.
Their parents do not do much better. A third of all asked parents admitted to using their phones "too much". And half of the teens in the survey said that your parents are too distracted by their own phones, making personal conversations difficult.
So it's not just the kids who ignore people while they start in a phone.
CNNMoney (San Francisco) First published August 22, 2018: 06:52 ET