Research + News | Topic: Smartphones

Becoming (Dis)Connected

Brand encourage people to separate from their screens. Read the article here.

Snapchat, Kik and 6 More Iffy Messaging Apps Teens Love

Common Sense Media discusses new apps that give teens lots more opportunities to overshare (or worse). Read the article here.

Does Smartphone Addiction Really Exist?

While smartphone addiction is not an official diagnosis, some researchers believe that the problematic ways people use their smartphones and the ways in which such use affect the brain have important parallels to addictive behaviors.

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How Do I Police My Teen’s Online Life?

How do we balance the fine line between online monitoring and our teens’ growing independence? Read the article here.

Talking About “Sexting”

Kids may “sext” to show off or prove their love. Common Sense Media shares how to discuss the consequences. Read the article here.

Don’t Let Your Teenager Be The Next Kik Victim

Smartphone app popular among younger teens, Kik Messenger is on the defensive following the stabbing death of a 13-year-old girl in Virginia who told friends she was using Kik to connect with an 18-year-old man. Read the article here.

Parents Want Some Control Of Their Child’s Mobile Phone Usage

While parents are granting children usage of mobile phones and other connected devices, they also want features on there that they can control. Read the article here.

Digital Eye Strain Worse For Multitaskers, Survey Finds

It used to be that staring at a computer screen all day was bad for your eyes. Now we interrupt that staring to look at our smartphones, smartwatches, tablets and e-readers, all while keeping an eye on the TV. And that, it seems, is especially bad.

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Cutting Back on Mobile Usage May Improve Your Health

One in two Americans check their cell phone before getting out of bed in the morning, and the average person looks at their phone 134 times during the day.

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Luddites, Unite….

What did one techie’s unplugged Christmas look like? Read the article here.