More than half of US teens, surveyed by Pew Research Center, indicated that they spend too much time using their mobile devices, while 41% say they spend too much time on social media. In the other side, two-thirds of parents in the US express concern over their teen’s screen time.
Read the below points and find out more insights into how teens and parents in the US navigate screen time and device distractions in 2018.
- Females are more likely than males to say they spend too much time on social media (47% vs. 35%).
- Males are roughly four times as likely to say they spend too much time playing video games (41% of males and 11% of females say this).
- 52% of US teens claimed that they’ve taken steps to cut back on their mobile phone use, and 57% have tried to limit their use of social media and 58% have cut back on their time playing video games.
- 72% of teens say they at least sometimes check for messages or notifications as soon as they wake up (with 44% saying they often do this).
- 72% of teens in the US said that they at least sometimes check for messages or notifications as soon as they wake up, while 44% said they often do this.
- Females are more likely than males to express feelings of anxiety (49% vs.35%) and loneliness (32% vs.20%) when they don’ have their phone with them.
- In terms of US parents’ usage, 55% of them said that they spend the right amount of time on their cellphone or on social media.
- 72% of US parents feel their teen is at least sometimes distracted by their mobile devices when they are trying to have a conversation with them.
How Teens & Parents in the US Navigate Screen Time and Device Distractions in 2018
Data were driven from 1,058 parents who have teen ages 13 to 17, as well as 743 teens. Interviews were conducted online and by telephone from March 7 to April 10, 2018. The margin of sampling error is +/- 5 percentage points for the full sample of 743 teen respondents and 4.5 percentage points for the full sample of 1,058 parent respondents.