Parents Are Just as Addicted to Their Smartphones as Their Kids

More than one-third of teenagers and over one-quarter of parents wake up and check their mobile device for something other than the time at least once a night, according to a new report. Both parents and kids said mobile devices were affecting family life, said their families sometimes fought over mobile devices, and reported that mobile devices were encroaching into mealtimes.

 With studies linking poor sleep to a number of mental and physical health problems, as well as diminished academic and cognitive performance, parents are urged to consider these findings as a wake-up call that device use might truly impact the health of their children and themselves.

 Here are some key takeaways:

 ·        39% of teenagers wish their parents would get off their device, up from 28% in 2016.

 ·        45% of parents say they feel addicted to their mobile device, up from 27% in 2016.

 ·        38% of teens feel their parent is addicted to their mobile device, up from 28% in 2016.

 ·        52% of parents say they spend too much time on their devices up from 29% in 2016.