tech addicts. They feel they are on their cell phone, computer, or tablet
excessively and it is having an effect on their interaction with people. The
article states, “About one-third of both parents and teens say they argue
daily about the device use; only 21 percent of parents and 31 percent of kids
say that they never argue about it.”
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They are worried about time spent in front of the screen and the amount of times teens check their devices.Another concern relates to teen cell phone use while driving.
The author believes parents should set a good example by not checking their phones
while they drive. Mobile Device Addiction is not labeled as a disorder, but
parents are concerned that it should be classified as one. The article says the
use of mobile devices are changing how people interact with each other, as well.
Teens may experience physical effects from constantly using their
mobile devices such as finger cramping, neck and back muscle pain, eye
strain etc. Nomophobia which is the fear of being without one’s phone may
also increase a teen’s anxiety or fear of losing it. There are some positive
effects of teens being addicted to their mobile devices. One parent mentioned
she knows her child is awake by the fact that she is “liking” pictures on
Instagram early morning. Overall,there are pros and cons to teen
use of mobile devices. Laura Wharton, B.S.
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