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Are Teens Addicted to Smartphones?

24 Scary Facts About Just How Much Teens Are Addicted to Their Phones

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You might spend enough of your time scrolling through Instagram every few hours and sending Snapchats that you're considering a digital detox. But keep in mind you're probably not as bad as the average teen who spends more than six hours on their phone. It's just one fact that the team at Rawhide Boys Ranch listed on an infographic they created that breaks down this addiction and how to help teens.

Some of the health concerns associated with smartphone addiction in teens include:

  • Nomophobia: the fear of being without a phone or feeling anxious of not having a cell connection.
  • Text claw: when your fingers cramp up or get sore from texting, scrolling, and playing games on a phone.
  • Computer vision syndrome: developing eye strain, dizziness, dryness, and retina damage from looking at a screen.

These are easily fixable problems, but the team also looked at habits and found that 77 percent of teens say they think they can text and drive. Understandably, 61 percent of parents are worried and don't know what to do next. The infographic below outlines solutions for parents, like focusing on educating teens about the health effects and striking a balance between online and offline.

Take a look at the infographic below that breaks down the latest data surrounding teen smartphone use while exploring the signs, symptoms, and psychology behind it.

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