Why Teenagers Sometimes Lose Their Beloved Phones

Brad M. Griffin | Jul 13, 2012

Ever wonder why, when teenagers seem so addicted to their cell phones, they sometimes lose them?

Or choose to ignore them?

Or actually turn them off?

It could just be you, especially if your name is “Mom” or “Dad”. But it also could be something more.

In a recent survey by Common Sense Media, 13-17-year-old U.S. teenagers were asked about social medias impact on their social and emotional lives. While most teenagers report feeling like social media helps their relationships with friends and parents, half still prefer face to face communication best. Text is the second-best option. Only 8% prefer communicating via social networks best.

Heres the real kicker: Sometimes they wish they could just disconnect.

They get tired of compulsive Facebook checking, especially when theyre trying to have a conversation with someone else whos glued to their smart phone.

Nearly half wish they could completely unplug sometimes.

Check out the infographic below for some interesting quotes and more stats. The one that stood out to me the most was this:

Sometimes its nice to just sit back and relax with no way possible to communicate with anyone in any way. Thats why I occasionally lose my cell phone.

This weekend, ask a teenager you know whether this rings true for them. If so, what can you do to help create some unplugged space in their life?

Brad M. Griffin

Brad M. Griffin is the Senior Director of Content for the Fuller Youth Institute, where he develops research-based training for youth workers and parents. A speaker, writer, and volunteer youth pastor, Brad is the coauthor of over a dozen books, including 3 Big Questions That Change Every Teenager, Faith in an Anxious World, Growing Young, several Sticky Faith books, Every Parent’s Guide to Navigating Our Digital World, and Can I Ask That? Brad and his family live in Southern California, where he serves as Pastor of Youth and Family Ministries at Mountainside Communion.


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