Research + News | Topic: Smartphones

Teen Tracking Apps: Good Parenting or Risky?

In 2014, and with smartphone technology it’s possible to track your children all the time… should we? Read the article here.

Mobile Millennials: Over 85% of Generation Y Owns Smartphones

Nielsen shares some data about U.S. smartphone market share by age. View the data here.

Driver in Fatal 85-MPH Crash was on Facebook

A young North Dakota woman charged with killing an 89-year-old great-grandmother was on Facebook on her phone when crash occurred. Read the story here.

Our Bodies, Our Selfies: On Body Image Online

Christianity Today takes a look at the approval-seeking scrutiny of social media’s selfie-mania. Read the article here.

Plugged-In Over Preppy: Teenagers Favor Tech Over Clothes

For some teenagers, wearing last season’s jeans will always be unthinkable, but a growing number consider texting on a dated smartphone even worse. Read the full story here.

Six Ways Your Phone is Changing You

A blog post on desiringGod.org that takes a look at how the iPhone has changed us. Read the full blog here.

Young Teens Who Receive Sexts Are 6 Times More Likely To Report Having Had Sex

A new study from USC takes a look at the relationship between “sexting” and sexual behavior in early adolescence. Read the article here.

Study Finds Most Teens Sext Before They’re 18

A new study reveals that a far greater percentage of teens are sending explicit photos and texts at younger ages than previously thought. Read the full article here.

Millennials Most Digitally Connected Generation

Millennials spend 14.5 hours each week texting, talking and accessing social media on their smartphone, more than any other generation, according to a report from Experian Marketing Services. Read the article here.

Can Smartphones Adversely Affect Cognitive Development in Teens?

With the widespread use of this technology, the question remains whether the use of such phones can lead to long term cognitive effects that impact language development skills, memory capability and maintaining focus on tasks at hand. Read the full article here.