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Half of US teens say they're 'addicted' to smartphones; how to help?

from The Christian Science Monitor

Ask parents trying to orchestrate a family dinner, and the exasperated answer will be immediate: Yes, the kids are addicted to their smartphones. What may be more surprising is that more than half of teenagers think they are hooked, too. And what's most concerning is that overuse of those too-handy devices appears to be changing the way America's roughly 40 million teens communicate and form relationships in the wider world, experts say. Certainly, concerns about screens and distracted teens have been around since at least the 1990s. But the ever-changing — and ever-present — nature of smartphones and social media is transforming society faster than families, or even the experts, can keep up. more


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