Smartphones have been called “the world’s smallest slot machine,” and teens are hooked. 60% of teens will admit they’re addicted, and 50% say they couldn’t live without their phone for a week.
With teens now spending an average of 6.3 hours a day on their smartphones, a whole new gamut of medical issues and terminology is starting to surface, such as “nomophobia”, “text claw”, and “iPosture”. Outside of the direct impact on their health, excessive smartphone use is now leading to risky behaviors such as texting and driving. In fact, 77% of teens say they’re confident they can text and drive. But, the numbers are much more sobering. Every day, 11 teens die because they or someone else was texting during the time of the accident.
Naturally, stats like this have 61% of parents concerned about the amount of time their teens are spending on their mobile phones.
So, what can we do to curb the tide and promote healthier smartphone behavior.
The team at Rawhide Boys Ranch have put together the infographic shown below. It takes a close look at the latest data surrounding teen smartphone use, while exploring the psychology behind the phenomena that is becoming widely known as “nomophobia”.
Thanks to Robbie Richards for the brief introduction to this infographic.