Research + News | Topic: Smartphones

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.

Millions of Teens Are Using a New App to Post Anonymous Thoughts, and Most Parents Have No Idea

Millions of teenagers in high schools nationwide are using a smartphone app to anonymously share their deepest anxieties, secret crushes, vulgar assessments of their classmates and even violent threats, all without adults being able to look in.

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Teen Take Mobile Breaks, Delete Social Apps

Young people are actually developing strategies to moderate their usage, including taking breaks and even deleting social media apps, according to a new study by market research firm Wildness publicized by Social Times. Read the article here.

Young Adults More Likely to Own Smartphone Than PC

When it comes to ownership, young adults ages 18 to 29 are more likely to own a mobile phone or smartphone than a desktop or laptop, pointing to how mobile is becoming an all-purpose device that users are increasingly relying on. Read the full article here.

Many Children Under 5 Are Left to Their Mobile Devices, Survey Finds

A small survey of parents in Philadelphia found that three-quarters of their children had been given tablets, smartphones or iPods of their own by age 4 and had used the devices without supervision. Read the full article here.

Compulsive Texting Takes Toll on Teenagers

Youngsters who check their phones continually, snap if you interrupt them and are so preoccupied with texting that they skip sleep and don’t get their work done may be compulsive texters.

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Bedtime Texting May Be Hazardous To Teens’ Health

Many American teens text in bed, leading to lost sleep, daytime drowsiness and poorer school performance, a new study says.

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5 Things I Tell Parents About Technology And Their Kids (Part 2)

Darrel Girardier continues part 2 of his article for parents for Youth Specialties to help them navigate new digital realities with their teens.

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