Kids are being flabbergasted by the insouciance of smartphone addiction

It would appear that the average seven-year-old has taken the iPhone a little too literally. According to a new report from the Iowa Research Foundation, while 90 percent of youngsters eat out with parents,…

Kids are being flabbergasted by the insouciance of smartphone addiction

It would appear that the average seven-year-old has taken the iPhone a little too literally. According to a new report from the Iowa Research Foundation, while 90 percent of youngsters eat out with parents, they spend their money at fast food restaurants more often than at restaurants where the parents eat. Nine percent of kids are headed to the nearest McDonald’s. They are not only spending a lot of money on themselves, but in general, they are not getting much done to prove their willpower.

According to the report, 99 percent of kids are sleeping past bedtime. More than 30 percent of parents believe their kids are sleeping on the couch, when in reality it is in bed with Netflix and other screen-based media. Some 18 percent of kids have a smartphone or tablet, with another 17 percent of kids citing media apps as the primary way they keep in touch with friends, family, and/or their schools. This lack of sleep also means that students spend more time in class during the school day.

Almost 80 percent of parents are concerned about the abuse of tablets and mobile phones. Just a fifth of parents believe their child has a good understanding of good screen-use, with those who believe their child has a good understanding the most likely to put up with watching TV and even work on their own devices to fulfill non-school-related chores. Only half of parents and caregivers believe that devices can be used in school as a teacher does, with 70 percent of parents saying such actions could put students at risk.

Such habits are leading to concerns about certain health dangers. A quarter of parents believe obesity to be a problem, especially for children under 12. One out of 10 kids goes to sleep hungry, and nine percent of kids say that if they did not have a smartphone or tablet, they would not do as well in school.

These studies are from a state that does have a higher teen drinking rate. Iowa is known to have a high obesity rate and a relatively high rate of opioid abuse. Apparently, students in the state are also getting their tech fix way before dinner.

Read the full story at CBS News.

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