Technology Addiction: Concern, Controversy, and Finding Balance

Over the past decade, society has witnessed massive changes in the way media and technology intersect with how we work and live. Devices are more mobile, functional, and seemingly indispensable. What are the human costs of an "always connected" lifestyle, especially for our children? This brief examines the latest scientific research about problematic media use, articulating its pervasiveness, forms, and possible impacts on youth's well-being and development, yielding some surprising findings and raising many more questions.

Common Sense polled over 1,200 parents and teens to find out how the saturation of mobile devices in family life is playing out in homes and child-parent relationships. Learn more in our infographic, "Dealing with Devices: The Parent-Teen Dynamic." or view the full Dealing with Devices survey results.

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Download our poll results "Tech at the Table", which studies how family dinner is changing in response to the massive technological changes in American society. Or create a family media agreement and tech contract below.