Most people probably don’t need statistics to convince them that today’s teens have become increasingly reliant on their mobile devices, but the numbers are nonetheless startling.
According to research put out in 2013 by the Pew Research Center, 78 percent of American teenagers have cell phones and the average teen spends 6-8 hours per day on their phone. On a daily basis, the average teen checks their phone over 50 times and sends 67 texts, which doesn’t include communication via Snapchat, Facebook or other social messaging apps. Furthermore, 60 percent of teens report feeling anxious without their phones, and 86 percent of phone-owning teens sleep with their devices right next to them.
From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Saturday this school year, Mound Westonka High School ninth-grader Robby Brustad and eighth-graders Michael Kurtz and Carson Meritt have been meeting with advisor Julie Taintor to work on a project focused on minimizing their community’s disproportionate reliance on technology.
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