By not limiting their own phone use, parents and other caregivers may be unwittingly setting kids up to be addicted to screens.
A decade ago, the unwillingness—or perhaps the inability—of the college students in my writing classes to stay off their phones for 50 minutes at a stretch catalyzed my interest in screen use. And my students have only grown more unwilling to put down their phones, a trend that has also gotten worse outside of my classroom.
Curious about my students’ phone use, I began researching screen addiction and conducting my own surveys. Roughly 20% of my students have used the word “addiction” when describing their phone habits, and many more have expressed misgivings about their phone use.
While I encourage them to examine their habits, I blame…