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Are Parents Addicted To Their Phones?

September 5, 2019

You and your family decide to go out for dinner. While at dinner you see the usual: parents occupying their young children with tablets so that they don’t get too irritating and teens scrolling through social media or texting friends. Now, parents also join their children in this habit of using phones at dinner. 

Parents are unable to put down their phones and are becoming addicted just like the teens they previously got onto for having the same problem. Even though parents criticized teens for their dependence on their phones, they now seem to face the same problem.   

According to the news outlet Quartz, in 2018 7-year-old Emil Rustige from Hamburg, Germany became upset when his parents were paying more attention to their phones than to him. For this reason, he created an organized demonstration that was held on Sept. 8 last year.

Rustige’s slogan was “Play with ME, not with your cell phones!”

According to a report by Common Sense Media taken by 1,000 people, more than 33% of teenagers and over 25% of parents wake up to check their phonethis does not include waking up to check the time. This less than 10% difference demonstrates how teenagers and parents alike struggle to keep off their phones. 

The same survey also showed that 38% of teens believe their parents have cell phone addictions. This statistic showed a 10-point increase from 2016. 

The shrinking gap between percentages supports the claim that both parents and teens have addictions to their phones.

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