Teens are now so addicted to their smartphones it feels like they have lost a limb when they are without them, a study finds.The number of ways in which the smartphone has made our lives easier is boundless.
For the first time, a generation of youngsters is going through adolescence with smartphones ever-present. Jean Twenge, a professor of psychology at San Diego State University, has a name for these young people born between 1995 and 2012, she calls iGen.
She says teenagers of this generation are physically safer than those who came before them. They drink less, they learn to drive. But psychologically, she argues, they are far more unguarded.
She added: The connection between smartphone and kids are only surface-level, and that as kids spend more and more time connecting with friends digitally, actual face-to-face interaction with other people becomes rarer.
Twenge also cites studies which finds that teens who spend more time on their mobile phones tend to be , on average, more unhappy than their equivalent who aren’t as addicted to their phones.
According to the research, today’s teenagers are also working less than their previous generation and driving less.They are becoming lazy, often depending on parents for the rides.
So, if they are working less, not meeting their friends, what are they doing with all that time?
They are on their smartphones, alone and often distressedin their room, Twenge said.
Hope that uses of mobiles will bring a positive change for the generation to come.