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Today’s kids are being raised surrounded by technology. Kids are dealing with parents who are distracted by devices on a regular basis, but the kids themselves are also beginning to use these same devices at a shockingly young age. Never before has a generation been so plugged in.
While less than 10 percent of 5-7-year-olds have a cell phone to call their own, the average 5-7 year old spends at least 14 minutes a day on mobile phones equipped with wireless Internet used by their parents or friends. In fact, the daily usage gap between two-year-olds and 10-year-olds reveals a difference of only eight minutes per day.
Although parents are most likely to give their kids phones in order to improve cognition, reading, vocabulary, math and social skills, children in this age range only spend 36 percent of their phone time on educational media. This is all despite the research that shows that screen time has a negative effect on the social skills of children.
Children age 12-15 are twice as likely to miss their phone more than they would miss watching TV. This has led to the very common punishment of taking away the phone. Pew Research Center found that 98 percent of younger adults (age 18-29) owned a cell phone in 2014. Read on to learn more about children and smartphones.