The New Normal: Parents, Teens, and Devices Around the World

October 1, 2019

The patterns of daily life in the U.S. and around the world have been forever altered by the ubiquity of mobile technology. To truly understand the impact of technology on family relationships, we need to dig deeper into the media habits and attitudes of parents and teens worldwide.

International reports are part of a joint research initiative between Common Sense and the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California to reveal new insights into families' digital media use across regions and cultures. The ongoing series also compares global findings to data from two similar studies conducted by Common Sense in 2016 in the United States, The Common Sense Census: Plugged-In Parents of Tweens and Teens and Technology Addiction: Concern, Controversy, and Finding Balance, as well as the 2019 report, The New Normal: Parents, Teens, Screens, and Sleep in the United States.

October 1, 2019

Mexico (English)
The New Normal: Parents, Teens, and Mobile Devices in Mexico surveyed approximately 1,200 parents and teens in Mexico about their mobile device use and digital media habits. Similar to families in the U.S., many Mexican parents feel their teens are "addicted" to their devices, and both parents and teens say they check their phones soon after waking up. Compared to families in the U.S., however, families in Mexico are more concerned about the potential negative effects of near-constant device use. Mexican parents and teens also are doing more to ensure healthy tech use in their daily lives and routines. Learn more about the key findings in the infographic.

1 de octubre de 2019

México (español)
Para la investigación La nueva realidad: Padres, adolescentes y dispositivos móviles en México se encuestaron aproximadamente 1.200 padres y adolescentes en México sobre los hábitos de uso de dispositivos digitales. Al igual que las familias en EE.UU., muchos padres mexicanos sienten que sus hijos adolescentes son “adictos” a sus dispositivos, y tanto padres como adolescentes dicen que revisan sus celulares apenas se despiertan. Sin embargo, en comparación con las familias en EE.UU., las familias en México están más preocupadas por los efectos negativos del uso constante de los dispositivos. Los padres y adolescentes mexicanos también están haciendo más para asegurarse de que el uso de la tecnología en sus vidas cotidianas y rutinas sea saludable. Lee más sobre los resultados y lo que significan para las familias o ve los resultados más importantes en la infografía.

October 1, 2018

United Kingdom
The New Normal: Parents, Teens, and Mobile Devices in the United Kingdom surveyed 1,200 U.K. parents and teens about their mobile device use and digital media habits. In addition to mobile devices being a daily source of distraction -- and, at times, conflict -- the results show the variety of ways that digital devices can affect the parent-teen dynamic. Despite reporting concerns about feelings of addiction, parents and teens in the U.K. are optimistic about the benefits of smartphones and other mobile devices. This study also presents initial comparisons among populations in the U.K., the U.S., and Japan using data from previous reports in this series.

September 25, 2017

Japan
The New Normal: Parents, Teens, and Digital Devices in Japan surveyed 1,200 parents and teens in Japan and detailed the media habits and attitudes of Japanese parents and teens age 13 to 18. The results show how central a role smartphones and tablets play in Japanese families today and how their use affects the parent-teen dynamic. The report also compares U.S. and Japanese teens and parents to better understand the challenges facing families all over the globe.