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

May 29, 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.

The New Normal: Parents, Teens, Screens, and Sleep in the United States

The New Normal: Parents, Teens, Screens, and Sleep in the United States Video

The latest addition to the New Normal research series explores how smartphones and other mobile devices have changed families' morning and evening routines and in-person relationships. For the first time, parents and teens reveal their habits around screens and sleep, from where they keep phones at night to how often digital notifications wake them up (and why). Take a look at the infographic for a summary of how devices affect daily life for parents and teens today.

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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.

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.