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Are Teens Addicted Too To Their Smartphones?

Update Date: May 04, 2016 06:27 AM EDT

Technology has become one of the fascinating and everyday needs that folks would need though it may be going a bit overboard. These days, kids and teens can easily own a mobile phone or tablet for one reason or another though there are some who have become addicted too much to it.

Initially known to be something that was meant to ease communication and education, one thing that stands out are games and social media which many are now hooked into. Compared to the good old days where only the elite could afford one, practically anyone gets to own them as long as it is within their budget.

The question now is whether this fruit of technology is good or bad. The answer to that may depend on how anyone (particularly the kids and teens) are able to discipline themselves as far as frequency of use is concerned.

According to a poll however, teens seem to be hooked onto their phones as they depend on them a lot. 50% of teens claim they are addicted to their mobile device in the poll that was conducted by Common Sense MediaAside from the teens, parents also participated where 59% claimed that their teens were actually included. The poll involved 1,240 participants that was composed of parents and kids aged 12 to 18.

"If your teens would prefer gaming indoors, alone, as opposed to going out to the movies, meeting friends for burgers or any of the other ways that teens build camaraderie, you may have a problem," said Holland Haiis, a digital detox expert who describes technology as "the new 21st century addiction" in her book "Consciously Connecting: A Simple Process to Reconnect in a Disconnected World."

On a different note, all that could be safer for parents who prefer to see their kids within their sights rather than constantly going out of their homes. But then again, the need to implement limitations and restrictions could be wise to set the bar on when they can and cannot use their gadget/s.

"Part of the concern around being constantly connected through technology and media revolves around how we multitask among different forms of media and between media and real life," as mentioned in the reportRegardless, that is considered a minor reprieve with most people likely to grab back their devices and resume what they were doing. It would be safe to say that attention has been solely keyed in to devices and such could result in consequences which could be good or bad.

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