Technology Addiction Among Teenagers

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Into today’s world, smart phones are omnipresent and people use them in anyplace and anytime even going to the toilet especially among teenagers. According to the research by Perlow (2012), it was found that 70% of them check their smart phones within an hour after awake, 56% used their phone within an hour before bed, 48% engage to phone over the weekend, 51% check continuously during vacation while 44% experienced anxiety if they lost their phone and couldn't replace it for a week. It is true that the new technology and innovation has change many things easily to handle and it is hard not to rely on technology. However, they have nurtured our dependency on vibrations, soft glows, and instant messages or notifications. According to Psychology …show more content…
Hence, technology addiction among teenagers is crucial and actions should be taken.
Teenagers mostly use smart phones for leisure purposes, and only few used for academic reasons. According to Kibona and Mgaya (2015), the average hours spent on smart phone by 48% of the teenagers lies on 5 -7 hours per day. This will eventually affects academic performance of teenagers as the spending time on social networking is too much. Students always used most of the time for Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp which had occupied most of their studying time. For example, students reacted immediately to their phone once they feel vibrations from notifications received from social networking and distracted
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Teen’s behaviours are strongly affected by their family background and parents’ education due to the environment that they lived since young. Parents need to demonstrate to their children how to have healthy relationships to technology, particularly since the ubiquity of these devices is so new. Parents should show a good example on how to self- control on the usage of smart phones and give conscious awareness to let children learn about self-regulating. For example, parents can control their children in exposing too much on social networking by setting a time limit for their children to surf the Internet such as an hour for social networking each day. At the same time, parents can also work with their children to develop some hobbies like sports activities such as football, swimming and cycling. Creating new hobbies can promote teenagers to spend their free time on healthy activities instead of surfing. According to Adrita Arefin (2013), balancing daily activities with healthy stress is one of the ways to prevent technology addiction among teenagers. This approach does not merely solve the problem but also increase their bonding level. Besides, the role of rules and regulations are needed to control students from addicting to smart phones. School should make rules to prohibit students from using smart phone in the class. Although there are reasons that students bring phone to school is to stay contact with their

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