Half of Teens Couldn't Live Without Their Phone for a Week
Jim LiebeltJim is Senior Writer, Editor and Researcher for the HomeWord Center for Youth and Family at Azusa Pacific University. Jim has over 25 years of experience as a youth and family ministry specialist, and has been on the HomeWord staff since 1998. He has served over the years as a pastor, author, youth ministry trainer, adjunct college instructor and speaker. Jim’s culture blog and parenting articles appear on HomeWord.com. Jim is a contributing author of culture and parenting articles to Crosswalk.com. Jim and his wife Jenny live in Olympia, WA.
- 2012 Aug 22
TextPlus, a free messaging app, recently surveyed 600 respondents between the ages of 13 and 17 to discover how connected teens are to their cellphones.
Half of all teens surveyed said they couldn’t live without their mobile device for a week, while 36% said they weren’t able to go 10 minutes without checking their phones.
Despite the variety of games and apps now available on smartphones, good ol’ fashioned texting still reigns supreme when it comes to teens’ preferred mobile activity; 61% said they couldn’t survive without texting — more than any other activity they perform on their phones.
With this reported addiction to texting, it’s not unusual to see teens check their phones anytime, anyplace, the survey said. Frustrated parents, beware: Whether they’re in class or at the dinner table, 52% of teens said they’re on their phones regardless of the environment. What’s more, 37% of those surveyed admitted to checking their devices on the toilet, and 20% said they do it at church.
The survey added that texting is the first and last thing teens do everyday, with 73% checking their phones before bed, and 72% on their devices first thing in the morning.