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

October 1, 2018

The patterns of daily life in the U.S. and around the world have been forever altered by the ubiquity of social media and mobile technology. A new generation of parents faces unprecedented challenges as they raise kids and manage their own media use. 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 worldwide.

This joint research initiative with Common Sense and USC Annenberg reveals 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.

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

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.