Well according to recent research Smartphones are making teenagers lonelier at school because they are actually preventing teens from communicating. The rise in smartphone usage and social media by 15- and 16-year-olds in UK has led to 33% (1 in 3) young people stating they feel lonely at school, this compares to 10% in 2020. The research carried out by University of San Diego analysed over 60,000 UK teens shows that young people are conversing less with peers and actually feeling excluded and isolated. The constant viewing of photos and videos is getting in the way of teens chatting leaving them feeling alone and alienated.
Whilst we love social media and as a digital marketing agency we see the huge positive benefits, it’s easy to understand when you spend so much time viewing the world through a screen, why many people feel disconnected.
Wouldn’t it be nice if it became socially unacceptable to stare at phone screens at school, in meetings, restaurants and anywhere else where we should be talking and listening to each other in person.
How about a phone free Friday – just a thought!