NEW YORK: Parents constantly whine about the noses of their teenagers in their phones, but may want to take stock of their own habits in the screen time.
Research by the Pew Research Center on August 22 showed that two thirds of parents are worried about the time their teenage children spend on the screens, while more than a third express their concerns about their own screen time.
Meanwhile, more than half of teenagers said they often or sometimes distracted their parents or guardians when the teenagers tried to have a conversation with them. The study sometimes calls the relationship between teenagers and their phones "hyperlinked" and notes that almost three quarters of messages or messages check when they wake up. Parents do the same, but at a lower if still considerable rate – 57%.
Large technical companies are confronted with a growing resistance to the addictive nature of their gadgets and apps, the endless reports and other functions that have been made to bind people to their screens.
Many teenagers try to do something about it: 52% say they spend less time on their phone and 57% did the same with social media.
Experts say that parents play a major role in the screen habits of their children. Setting a good example is a big part of that.
"Children do not always do what we say, but they do what we do," said Donald Shifrin, professor of pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine, who was not involved in the Pew study. "Parents are the door through which children will walk on their way to the world."
The study examined 743 American teenagers and 1058 American parents of teenagers from 7 March to 10 April. The margin of error is 4.5 percentage points. – AFP