It’s no secret that things are different for today’s teens than for any other generation, thanks primarily to one invention: the smartphone.
According to PEW Research, 95% of teens said they had or had access to a smartphone as of 2018, up from 73% in 2014. And 45% of teens say they’re online “almost constantly.”
It comes as no surprise then that, according to our Prevention team, many high school students have a sleep pattern that looks something like this:
- Stay awake until 3 a.m.
- Wake up, go to school around 8 a.m.
- Come home from school and crash from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
- Repeat cycle
So what are parents doing about it? According to PEW Research, 65% of parents are concerned their teens spend too much time on their phones. 57% actually limit how long their teen can spend on their phone or in front of a screen. But when it came to their own screen time, 59% of parents also said they feel a need to respond right away to notifications, and 39% say they sometimes lose focus at work because of it.
Our advice? Limit your teen’s access to their smartphone, especially at night. Don’t be afraid to take it away until they leave for school. And be mindful of the example you’re setting. If your smartphone is interfering with your sleep and daily activities, keep in mind that the apple usually doesn’t fall far from the tree.