Survey shows that 47% of U.S. parents think their kids are addicted... to mobile devices

Survey shows that 47% of U.S. parents think their kids are addicted... to mobile devices
As if parents didn't have enough to worry about these days when the headlines scream about school shootings and the opioid crisis, there apparently is another issue facing the youth of America. According to an online survey of 4,201 U.S. parents that was conducted at the end of last month by Survey Monkey, 47% of those responding said that they feel their child is addicted to mobile devices. Since there were only two options given to those taking the survey, 53% said that their child isn't hooked on handsets.

These same parents responded that nearly three-quarters of their kids have access to a connected mobile device like a smartphone or tablet. 60% of the youngsters own their own device, while 14% share a phone or tablet with someone else. 24% of the kids do not have a connected mobile device to use. Interestingly, 50% of the parents are not concerned about these devices affecting their kids' mental health, while the remaining 50% do have concerns.

Parents do admit that they are the ones responsible for limiting their kids' mobile device usage and keeping them away from inappropriate images on streaming video app/site YouTube. 60% of the grown-ups said that YouTube does an acceptable job at preventing kids from seeing videos that they are too young to view. 36% disagree, calling the video streamer's efforts in this area "poor." Only 40% of the parents employ YouTube's parental controls. While 37% said that they do not avail themselves to this feature, 22% didn't even know that they were being offered by YouTube in the first place.

Lastly, only 68% of the parents responding to the survey feel as though they are addicted to their mobile device. 32% said that they can't live without their smartphone or tablet. Sounds like there are quite a few adults in denial.

source: CommonSense/SurveyMonkey

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12 Comments

1. cmdacos

Posts: 4267; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

This just tells me that 53% of parents don't know what their kids are doing

14. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Now reverse the survey to check if the kids think their parents are addicted to mobile devices.

2. matistight

Posts: 997; Member since: May 13, 2009

I live in the US and can say that parents don't think at all, so this doesn't work. Ex; minivan and Prius drivers. Also, this only accounts for 4,201 people, 1,024 of those are parents. 2% of those 1,024 don't even own a mobile device! Of those 1,024, 8% are very concerned that

3. troutsy

Posts: 383; Member since: Feb 17, 2012

Congratulations on living in the US. Good luck with that learning English thing.

4. matistight

Posts: 997; Member since: May 13, 2009

(got cut off some how) the device negatively affects the child, while 14% are not concerned at all! "Lastly, only 68% of the parents responding to the survey feel as though they are addicted to their mobile device. 32% said that they can't live without their smartphone or tablet." It is actually the reverse, read the source!

5. antroid

Posts: 392; Member since: Jan 24, 2018

I think 53% of the parents are addicted to their phones rather than paying attention to their children

9. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1579; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

I came in to post a similar comment.

6. peace247 unregistered

I'm 23 and I'm addicted to my smartphone...i need help.

11. lyndon420

Posts: 6834; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Posting in these comment sections is a sure sign of needing help. We all need help...

12. antroid

Posts: 392; Member since: Jan 24, 2018

speak for yourself lol

7. palmguy

Posts: 983; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

Young kids don't buy smartphones. Parents do. If U.S. parents think their kids are addicted-to mobile devices. Who gave and allowed them their electronic fix?

13. livechatzone

Posts: 12; Member since: Jan 21, 2018

sad but it is some how true

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