Research + News | Topic: Smartphones

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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Phubbing Is Killing Relationships

Cellphones are not good for romantic relationships, which may lead to higher levels of depression, a new study finds. The researchers coined a term “phubbing,” or phone snubbing to describe the phenomenon. Read the article here.

L.A. Schools Want Kids to Think Before They Sext

Educators, an attorney and a police officer lay out the consequences of sexting – public humiliation, loss of educational and job opportunities, possible criminal violations — and hammer home a message: Think twice. What you do now matters later,

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Your Teen’s New Favorite Drug – Their Smartphone

Does your teen wake up exhausted, even when he or she retired to bed at a reasonable hour? It’s probably because your child stayed up all night on his or her smartphone.

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The 2015 U.S. Mobile App Report

Digital media time in the U.S. has exploded recently – growing nearly 50 percent in the past two years, with more than three-fourths of that growth directly attributable to the mobile app. Access the latest report from comScore here.

Majority of Minors Engage in Sexting, Unaware of Harsh Legal Consequences

Sexting among youth is more prevalent than previously thought, according to a new study from Drexel University that was based on a survey of undergraduate students at a large northeastern university.

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