The New Normal: Parents, Teens and Digital Devices in Japan

September 25, 2017

Advances in digital media and mobile devices and the rising power of social media are changing the way we engage not only with the world around us, but also with the people who are the closest to us. The patterns of daily life in the U.S. and around the world have been forever altered by the ubiquity of digital devices. A new generation of parents faces unprecedented challenges in managing digital media in their own lives and in the lives of their children. To truly understand the impact of technology on our relationships, we need to dig deeper into the media habits and attitudes of parents and teens

Common Sense Media, in collaboration with the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, surveyed 1,200 parents and teens in Japan, detailing 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 it affects the parent-teen dynamic. Using 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, the report also compares U.S. and Japanese teens and parents to better understand the challenges facing families all over the globe.