Teens blow their thumbs on the screens of their smartphones more often. But what effect does this unprecedented behaviour have on teens?

A team of researchers from the NGO Common Sense Media has wanted to deepen this issue. To do this, they conducted a survey and asked 1,240 parents and adolescents between the ages of 12 and 18 to fill a questionnaire to follow up on the consequences of this massive use of mobile devices in their lives and in their relationships with others.

The data revealed that half of the adolescents said they felt addicted to the mobile phone and 60% of the parents felt the same. In spite of whether the parents thought if their children were mobile addicts or not, 66% considered that they spent too much time with the smartphone; in the case of adolescents, 52% saw it that way too.

In addition, 77% of parents agreed that their children were continually distracted – at least three times a week – due to the use of mobile phones.

Almost 80% of young people admitted that they reviewed or checked their notifications on the mobile phone at least every hour and 72% confirmed that they felt the need to respond to messages received on social networks almost immediately after receiving them.

Moment for a pause, but with caution

The phenomenon of mobile addiction is relatively recent, so there is no official diagnosis in this regard. However, psychologists warn about negative reactions of young people if this “object of desire” is removed very abruptly in order to eliminate this addiction. Hence, they suggest parents to make smart move such as using the parental control app like FamilyTime. 

With this app in hand, parents can first analyse factors that make their teens techno-addicts and can later take actions to remove their dependency. Having this app in hand, parents can:

  1. Mirror the contact book of their teens
  2. Monitor call logs
  3. Track SMS history
  4. Watchlist contacts
  5. Check the list of installed apps
  6. Track usage frequency 
  7. Blacklist unwanted apps 
  8. Allow specific time for an app usage
  9. Track internet usage & web-history
  10. Monitor bookmarks 
  11. Allocate specific hours for the device usage
  12. Schedule auto screen locks
  13. Remotely locking the phone
  14. Set speed limits
  15. Receive over-speed, SOS and PickMeUp alerts
  16. Track location in real time and past history
  17. Geo-fence important places 

And much more. The app has a long list of valuable features. To give each feature a free try, get the app now and see how does it help you to control tech use of your teens. To get the trial version of the app, go now to the app store on your phone.


My name is MJ. I have two wonderful children and work part time as well as volunteer at my children's school.

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  1. This is such a good idea to help control things.