The Pew Research Center finds that 54 percent of teens, ages 13-17, are worried that they spend too much time on their cell phones; 52 percent have already cut.
Teens seem to be similarly concerned about smartphone addiction as adults, a new Pew Research Center survey finds.
About half (54 percent) of teenagers between the ages of 1
"When they look at their own lives and those of their classmates, most teenagers see things that worry them," Pew Research analyst Jingjing Jiang said in the report. "About nine out of ten teens see too much time online as a problem for people of their age, including 60 percent who say it's a big problem ."
Forty-four percent of teens said they often "check" their phone as soon as they wake up, Pew found. 57 percent "often" or "sometimes" feel that they have to react immediately to other people's messages.
The report also found that "teens feel a range of emotions when they have no cell phones list." Forty-two percent of teenagers feel anxious when they are out of the phone, while 25 percent feel lonely and 24 percent feel upset. Girls are more likely than boys to be anxious or lonely without their phone.
A separate survey published in February by non-profit Common Sense and SurveyMonkey found that 47 percent of parents feel that their child is addicted to their mobile device. Thirty-two percent of these parents said the same about themselves.
Tech companies are starting to take this issue more seriously. Apple's iOS 12, which is now available in beta and due out this fall, includes an app called Screen Time, which lets you track and control device and app usage. Google is developing a similar feature for Android, and Facebook has recently introduced tools to help you curb your dependency on the platforms.