Media Addiction: How to Break Teens of The Impulse

In this digital age, many parents are growing increasingly concerned about their teens having an Electronic Addiction. Electronics, such as...

Media Addiction: How to Break Teens of The Impulse
24June

Media Addiction: How to Break Teens of The Impulse

Written by Craig Rogersin Section Parent Resources

In this digital age, many parents are growing increasingly concerned about their teens having an Electronic Addiction.

Electronics, such as smartphones, are taking over teens’ attention, leaving parents wondering, “Why is my teen obsessed with their cell phone?” Young teens are constantly connected to their smartphone and various other electronics. Parents of children with smartphones, etc. know this is hardly an uncommon occurrence, and are left wondering how they can get their teens to take a break from electronics. 

Plain Facts For The Digital Age

Common Sense Media, an organization that strives to improve the lives of families through technology and media education, conducted a study that showed just how electronically addicted today’s teens are. When the teens were asked to conduct a study about their attachment to mobile devices, the results shown light on the fact that 41% of teens claimed to be “addicted to their mobile device.” This sounds like a frivolity, but is actually a rather serious issue. Children and teens are lacking exercise and the interpersonal relationships that they would have offline, without being attached to mobile devices. In fact, it’s hardly a rare event to see teens and children hunched over their tiny screens at family gatherings, ignoring the merriment of relatives around them. They are missing out on invaluable memories, choosing to update their Twitter status instead. 

Is this going on everywhere? How should parents handle it?

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