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Gen Z is Officially Phone-Addicted — What Can We Do About It?

Sure, we all spend a lot of time on our phones. But for Gen Z, screen time might be causing long-term emotional and psychological damage. Our research found that teenagers demonstrate behavior akin to drug and alcohol addiction when removed from using technology on a constant basis. How will this affect teenagers in the long run? And what can parents do about it?

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It’s tough enough for most of us adults to step away from the iPhone — but what about teens, who have literally never known a world without internet? According to Common Sense Media, teens spend an average of 45 hours per week on their phones. Yep, their social
media lives are a full-time job — even though, according to our recent survey of 400 parents for SheKnows’ Study on Kids & Technology (Dec 2019), parents think their teens only spend 22 hours per week on their phones.

We followed 25 kids for five years through our “Hatch: Raising GenZ” program to get their uncensored perspectives on tech and media and, hate to say it, it’s worse than we thought.

“I got Instagram in like first grade,” says 14-year-old Juno.

“I got Instagram when I was like 11 or 12 and I got really hooked…” Zaki chimes in. “I got a bunch of games as well and those were also, like, really addictive.”

“I feel like I wouldn’t have any friends if I didn’t have my phone,” 12-year-old Sabine tells SheKnows.

“I’m very addicted to VR,” 10-year-old Clive tells SheKnows.

“I wouldn’t be able to talk to anyone if I didn’t have Snapchat,” 14-year-old Evan adds. “I’d be completely isolated.”

Notice a pattern here? These kids don’t hesitate to reference the addictive nature of recreational technology (or “rec tech”). And parents agree; according to our Kids & Technology study, 50% of parents are concerned their child is actually addicted to tech, and an overwhelming 90% of parents agree that social media addiction can be as dangerous as a drug or alcohol addiction. But is throwing around words like “addicted” and “hooked” hyperbolic, or are we dealing with real-life addiction symptoms here? Is screen time actually the new heroin?

“It’s melodramatic… to call screen time the new heroin, but screen time may be more insidious if not more lethal,” psychiatrist Greg Dillon, MD, tells SheKnows. “The problem with screen time is that it is at least socially acceptable, often justifiable as necessary and productive, and slips through the cracks as the new normal, and harmless. Like any substance or behavior, it is safe and constructive in moderation. The similarities to a drug, like heroin, stimulants, and sedatives is that it can cause both physiological and psychological dependence.”

In 2017, we conducted an experiment where we asked the Hatch kids to give up their phones for a whole week. Reactions varied, but nobody was happy about the ask. And the results start off looking glum: As you can see in the video below, Reed (bless her) constructed herself a fake phone; meanwhile Jack was moved to tears over his separation from YouTube.

“I need my phone to make me feel better, just for a minute!” begs 14-year-old Henry through tears. It’s honestly heartbreaking to watch.

It’s high time we helped our kids — and ourselves, dammit — separate our lives from our Likes.

So what can parents do about it?

Talk to kids/use it as a teaching opportunity.
“When your child sees something creepy, weird or persuasive, or won’t answer when you’ve called their name five million times, talk about it with them,” Dr. Jenny Radesky, an assistant professor of developmental behavioral pediatrics, told the New York Times. “Demystify why it’s happening (and if you don’t know, try to look it up), and make them more digitally literate.”
Require that phones be put away for dinner/before bedtime.

Educate yourself and your teen on digital dangers like cyber bullying, and dangerous internet “challenges.”

Notice how/whether tech is negatively impacting their life — and take steps if necessary.
“If a kid is not getting enough sleep, or not getting homework done,” assistant professor of adolescent medicine at the University of Michigan Dr. Ellen Selkie told the Times.

But perhaps most important? Think about your own tech habits and how (or whether) you’re modeling healthy behaviors for your kids. We can’t expect our kids to commit to healthy tech use when we’re obsessively scrolling alongside the worst of them.

So consider those 45 (!!) hours per week the wake-up call your whole family — not just the kids — needs to inspire a turnaround in how you use tech (or rather, how it uses you). ‘Tis the season for New Year’s resolutions, right? .

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16 comments

The-Phat In the hat 15/12/2021 - 6:56 Chiều

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jordan coombs 15/12/2021 - 6:56 Chiều

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Torex 15/12/2021 - 6:56 Chiều

– Der Feind

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CC stop motion Productions 15/12/2021 - 6:56 Chiều

I use my tech a lot but if I didn’t have it I’d be fine. The only thing I could see myself being sad about is not being able to film videos or type my book I’m writing. As far as phones go I could go without it.

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Viktor Aggerholm 15/12/2021 - 6:56 Chiều

This video was made by Karen

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Equuleus 15/12/2021 - 6:56 Chiều

Loved it!
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carlangas4k version 1.2 15/12/2021 - 6:56 Chiều

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втѕ ѕlυтχ 15/12/2021 - 6:56 Chiều

If a teen dont have a phone

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Josh Davis 15/12/2021 - 6:56 Chiều

All of this effort for 893 views? Wow – YouTube really doesn't want people to see videos like this.

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Abcdefg 15/12/2021 - 6:56 Chiều

Social media filters out all the idiots in the world. Let the idiots eliminate themselves from society.
Smart people, can use their device for something useful.

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Spartan Grim 15/12/2021 - 6:56 Chiều

It's not the screen, it's what is on the screen and what is being consumed. There are both addictive apps and non addictive apps. There are addictive games and non addictive games. It has nothing to do with the screen itself.

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LuckyCJC 15/12/2021 - 6:56 Chiều

This channel fucking died there are less than 300 views and one other comment for today. How do they have the budget for the videos? Making the office cast come and answer stupid trivia questions? It’s so stupid just delete this retarded Channel like nobody cares about these useless teenagers they are just slowly killing themselves

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Bugs 15/12/2021 - 6:56 Chiều

Just find them better things to do, phone use is boring , they are just bored

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