In our childhood, addiction meant smoking, alcohol, and drugs. Now this generation youngsters are getting addicted to Smartphones which is far more dangerous. For the addictions of smoking and alcohol, they need a time and a place. Cell phone addiction can go on for 24 hrs a day even without getting noticed.
It is a serious problem and parents should be worried about it because smartphones are so ubiquitous that managing your teen behavior is also problematic. According to a survey a teen is tethered to his smartphone at least 8-10 hours a day. When is he doing other important activities in his life?
With more and more apps, games, social media, a teenager is hooked up to his smartphone beyond talking and texting. The brain reacts to the ringing and alerts as if it were a drug. Like any other addiction, it is very difficult to stop. The teenager will not know when and where to stop.
Here comes the role of parents. They should take up measures to get their teenagers out of this obsession with cell phones. They can try these methods:
- Cut off your kids data plan and give them limited Internet access
- Keep strict timings for phone usage and follow them. Simply making rules and not following them does not help
- Never link up the phone to studies. Never say “If you study for one hour, I will give you the phone for 30 mins”. Then it will seem to them that studying is punishment.