Study Reveals 45% Of American Teens Are Online "Almost Constantly"

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According to a recent survey, 45% of American teens say they are online “almost constantly,” about double of what it was 3 years ago.

“The results varied by gender. Fifty percent of girls said they were always online compared with 39 percent of boys.

Teens’ internet presence has been enabled by near-universal adoption of smartphones, with 95 percent having access to a smartphone, according to the survey.”

According to tech designers, software is deliberately designed to be “sticky” to affect our brains’ neurotransmitters so users spend more time on devices.  In 2017, CBS’ 60 Minutes, aired a segment about this called, “Brain Hacking.”  It featured an interview with tech designer, Tristin Harris.  Other tech folks have also expressed remorse for their contribution to this.

 “I Wake Up In Cold Sweats Thinking, What Did We Bring To The World?”  – Tony Fadell, Nest Founder and one of the minds behind the iPod and the iPhone

Recently, Good Morning America aired a segment on a 48-hour experiment featuring 4 kids with unlimited screen time.  There’s a reason why a documentary film about Digital Addiction was namedElectronic Crack.

Of course, parents are addicted, too.  This is hurting families in the same ways as other sources of addiction.  So where are the lawsuits?  Where are the well-funded widespread marketing campaigns to fight Digital Addiction?

In 2014, Professor Ollie Johansson discussed addictive behavior caused or increased by smart phone use.  (1:49:05 of video)  He also referenced research done by Dr. Henry Lai.

Media outlets and researchers continue to report about Digital Addiction but most fail to address the effect that cell phone and WiFi radiation exposure has on the brain.  Research has proven that exposure to all sources of cell phone and wireless WiFi radiation disrupts the blood-brain barrier which can cause it to leak.  Our pets are being exposed, too, when we use this around them.

In regard to kids, no “safe” level of cell phone or WiFi radiation has still been scientifically determined for children or pregnant women  Regardless, even Sesame Street markets technology to kids.

For many years already, public school systems have been required to introduce technology in the classroom at an early age while tech inventors have been limiting their own children’s use of it and sending them to private “low tech” schools.  Tax dollars are still being spent to make public schools “high tech.”

Media coverage about how we’ve been misled by telecom companies (aka Big Wireless) is nothing new.  Those who question the safety of any of this are often labeled “conspiracy theorists” and whack-jobs.

Unsafe tech use is regularly portrayed in the media as well – even in an ad for a drug prescribed for schizophrenia.  Of course, doctors used to also promote cigarettes as being “good for health.”

Many people don’t read the safety guidelines in product manuals because they assume we’d be warned 24/7 if any of this was harmful.  Remember – even Sesame Street is promoting tech for kids.

Regardless, safety guidelines are outdated and don’t apply to the way technology is used today.  Many business ownerscommunity leaderselected officials and government agencies are in no hurry to correct this either.  In fact, many are forcing more technology even though decades of research has confirmed that it is hurting us and the environment.

In 2011, cell phone and wireless WiFi radiation was classified as a Group 2B Possible Carcinogen by the World Health Organization.  Did you know?  Some think this classification is still too low.

Kids and young people probably assume all these tech devices operate via magic because otherwise they wouldn’t be using them for school work in and out of the classroom.  In the meantime, tech designers keep inventing, manufacturing, and marketing more products and infrastructure while simultaneously planning for “Doomsday.”

I often find myself thinking about that old Twilight Zone episode with the aliens and “The Cookbook.”

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J S Bach King of Ruperts Land Thu, 06/07/2018 - 21:02 Permalink

This technology is literally killing an entire generation and making morbidly obese untold millions.  Physical activity was the norm when I was a kid in the 70s.  My mom had a strict quota of 1-hour of TV after school and that was IT.  After having seen reruns of Lost in Space and Gilligan's Island hundreds of times, it wasn't much of an allure anyway.  Kickball, kick the can, baseball, running bases, dodgeball, homemade ramps for bike jumping, hide and seek at night.  It was great.  Today, such nostalgic sentiments bring forth only yawns from the Onlineans.  And the noise pollution that they input into their brains with ear buds never ceases to amaze and disgust me.  No melody. No harmony.  Only repetitive looped synthesized drum beats that any 5 year old could conceive.

I don't mean to be overly critical because I do pity them.  But I truly don't know what is going to become of this most anti-social generation in history.

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44_shooter J S Bach Thu, 06/07/2018 - 21:22 Permalink

Uh the television was killing an entire generation and making morbidly obese untold millions, or like the radio was killing an entire generation and making morbidly obese untold millions, or like the automobile, or like the, or like the, or like the....


shit changes, youngsters adopt and adapt. old folks complain how the new stuff, which isn't like THEIR stuff is killing the young generation and is bad - but the reality is your parents felt that way about the way you grew up, and their parents felt that way about the way they grew up and on and on...



The children now love luxury; they have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for elders and love chatter in place of exercise. Children are now tyrants, not the servants of their households. They no longer rise when elders enter the room. They contradict their parents, chatter before company, gobble up dainties at the table, cross their legs, and tyrannize their teachers.

Socrates (469–399 B.C.)


Sound familiar?



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HRH of Aquitaine 2.0 44_shooter Thu, 06/07/2018 - 21:26 Permalink


"ATTRIBUTION: Attributed to SOCRATES by Plato, according to William L.
Patty and Louise S. Johnson, Personality and Adjustment, p. 277

This passage was very popular in the 1960s and its essence was used by
the Mayor of Amsterdam, Gijsbert van Hall, following a street
demonstration in 1966, as reported by The New York Times, April 3,
1966, p. 16. This use prompted Malcolm S. Forbes to write an editorial
on youth.?Forbes, April 15, 1966, p. 11. In that same issue, under the
heading 'Side Lines,' pp. 5?6, is a summary of the efforts of
researchers and scholars to confirm the wording of Socrates, or Plato,
but without success. Evidently, the quotation is spurious."


Interestingly, there is a real quote from Plato's Republic which,
while not as punchy as the fake one, makes a similar point about the
idleness of youth:

"The democratic youth . . . lives along day by day, gratifying the
desire that occurs to him, at one time drinking and listening to the
flute, at another downing water and reducing, now practising
gymnastic, and again idling and neglecting everything; and sometimes
spending his time as though he were occupied."

Having read enough Plato I knew that quote was fabricated. It only took one search to find that out. Why am I not surprised that some psychologists, in the 1950s, got away with making shit up? Can't do that today. Thanks to the Internet.

I have had to quote sections of various writings by Plato (in an academic setting). You quote the exact text, by title, and the line, and then the page, along with the edition and translation. When there was no attribution to a particular text (The Republic, Symposium, Phaedrus, Euthydemus, Aplogy) it was obvious to me the quote was fraudulent.

No philosophy scholar claims to quote anything from Socrates. Socrates left no written work behind, or at least none that is extant. Every attribution made about Socrates comes from his student, Plato.

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MasterPo HRH of Aquitaine 2.0 Thu, 06/07/2018 - 21:47 Permalink

Just a thought.

We (all of us) are the first generation(s) to experience worldwide instant communication. It seems reasonable that we would be fascinated by the ability to communicate with virtually anyone on the planet in real time. Could it be a fad - the Rubiks Cube, Beanie Baby, or Hula Hoop of this point in time?

It seems that the current technology is already beginning to crack around the edges, starting to frey, and is coming undone. The negative feedback I see regarding Facebook, Twitter, Google, Microsoft, Apple, etc. point to the fact that this "phase" is beginning to wind down, and something radically different is about to manifest.

This is not a destination, but a journey. Everything moves in cycles. Already I see young people backing away from this new human interface, asking "is that all there is - if it is, it is not fulfilling or making me happy - there must be something more. 

[Give them time - they'll figure it out...] 


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JuliaS MasterPo Thu, 06/07/2018 - 22:45 Permalink

Technology is addictive if you have nothing to do with your time, have no goals or aspirations. I know kids that aren't glued to cell phones, despite having unrestricted access. It depends on how they get raised. If you let Uncle Zuck babysit yours, don't be surprised if they grow up a bunch of useless motherzuckers.

Phones don't buy themselves. Mobile internet isn't free. If you think it was a summer gig at McD's that paid for that latest iPhone, think again. Is the tech killing us, or are shitty parents looking for excuses as to why they aren't doing their jobs?

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CRM114 JuliaS Thu, 06/07/2018 - 22:57 Permalink

I have spent a long time teaching teenagers, in boarding schools, where one has the ability to control their access to electronics.

Teenagers become normal human beings within 3 weeks if their internet / smartphone access is restricted. This is also the experience of friends who are parents who do the same, on 3 continents.

The worst cases, new arrivals, take 6 weeks, assuming the rest of the teenagers have become normal.

The problem, essentially, is the abrogation of responsibility by parents/guardians.

As JuliaS points out out, encouraging them towards feasible ambitions is very important.

"Sorry" is not the Hardest Word, "No" is.

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J S Bach 44_shooter Thu, 06/07/2018 - 22:18 Permalink

I disagree, 44.

In my opinion, there is nothing productive about staring at a screen for hours, whether it's at a theater, television, computer or smart phone.  Granted, there are documentaries and educational programs, but these probably account for 3% of all total viewership in all said mediums.

Yes, times and technology change... and yes, the older generation never quite "gets" the newer stuff.  But, c'mon... can you think of one memorable tune (ala The Beatles whose output was entirely memorable) written today?  The only "art" is that of the (((producers))) who have managed to hypnotize, demoralize and swindle the young with their mindless drivel.


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general ambivalent 44_shooter Thu, 06/07/2018 - 22:57 Permalink

Yes, let's not forget all the Boomer and Gen X moms who ignored their children while yapping on the phone and watching Oprah Windbag. And then when it all went to shit they fed their children opioids.

No generation can outdo the Boomers for spoiled, blustering, incompetent, entitled, self-important foolishness. And with video proof that your parents hated you just as much as you hate the Boomers.

And the case for music is well overstated as well. Back in those days parents were railing against the Beatles in the same way. And shame on you for thinking the Beatles were the best of the lot, following the herd. There were much better bands. Same thing today, the best music is just underground rather than in the mainstream.

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J S Bach general ambivalent Fri, 06/08/2018 - 00:31 Permalink

Sorry, GA.  But, you can't compare the angst the Bing Crosby/Frank Sinatra parents had against the Beatles to what the Beatles parents have against hip hop today.  It is pure vile trash and you know it.  The Beatles wrote love songs... you know, lyrics that made sense. (I know, they had their "Why Don't We D-d-d-do It In The Road's", too... but, the songs were more often than not wholesome.)  Recite and hum a lilting rap ditty for me without a profanity and maybe you'll convince me otherwise.

And, yes... I realize that the Beatles were not the be-all-and-end-all of 60s pop music, but they were simply the most prolific as far as quality - which is why I referred to them.

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FluffyDog6 44_shooter Thu, 06/07/2018 - 23:48 Permalink

While previous things like TV or radio were decried in past as likely to ruin a generation, those items weren't carried with the user like the smart phones of today.

Watch a teenager/young adult.  If they can keep their nose out of the phone for LITERALLY 30 seconds, I'm amazed. No matter the context - watching TV, sitting with friends, at the movies, eating, EVEN DRIVING!!

There is no way this will not have long-term repercussions.

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pissonmefico 44_shooter Fri, 06/08/2018 - 12:48 Permalink

Huh uh. Back then unlike your cell phone, you could not carry around your t.v. set with you - some radios yes you could, but there is no comparison to the addictiveness and destruction of the internet to music. And nobody had any reason to drive their automobiles around all day long or the willingness to pay for all of that gas for an activity that also is not addictive.

The internet especially when accessed through cell phones is extremely destructive and addictive especially to those who have already been intentionally dumbed down and had their individuality intentionally stolen. It is the best possible tool for mind control which is even becoming slowly evident to me here at Zero Hedge - not to mention that without cell phones a cashless world will not be possible - which will cause the most destruction in history.

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algol_dog J S Bach Thu, 06/07/2018 - 21:54 Permalink

Yep JS. "Strict quota" is the key. No one's doing it for them. I Remember working next to a Jr. high school where we could see the kids attempt to run in PE class. 50% of them would not even attempt to run (all over weight) and simply walked as the others pass them by. Hell, this was in the late 90's and early 00's (how much worse now?). My co-worker use to punish his kids by making them go outside instead of staying inside playing video games. They use to cry when he did it. In the summers we were out at 9:00AM and not back home until 6:00PM, and only then because we'd get in trouble for being late for dinner. Things are truly different from back in the day.

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NickelthroweR J S Bach Thu, 06/07/2018 - 23:43 Permalink


Worse still is the fact that they can't even begin to process what a different world might look like.  Adventure and play has a language all of its own and a young adult that didn't grow up when both you and I did doesn't even possess the word to even think about what it is you are speaking about.

In so far as music goes, it is all background noise now to them.  In my time, if I wanted to have the album by this new band called Van Halen, I'd have to shovel snow off of 32 sidewalks.  Afterwords, everyone would come over to hear and endlessly discuss the music.  Most everyone during that time played a musical instrument as well so we very much appreciate what it was we were hearing.

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NickelthroweR FluffyDog6 Fri, 06/08/2018 - 00:43 Permalink


True.  I work in the music industry.  Real instruments, just like everything else that is real, has been replaced by an app or made irrelevant.  It wont matter for much longer as music is appreciated at about the same level as photography.  Everyone pretends to be a professional photographer and you might even get a glance or two at your "work" that you post on Instagram or FB but good luck making any money at it.  Any clown can push a few buttons and music will appear which is why modern music is so horrible.  It has to be so that it can easily be "created" by anyone ham-fisting an app.

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Deep Snorkeler SACRED-COW Thu, 06/07/2018 - 20:58 Permalink

Teenagers, America's Degenerate, Desperate Mutants

Perfect replicants of their parents, lacking in consciousness,

trapped in a daily program of de-education, they face a future

of idleness, purposelessness and displacement by robot hordes

and smart Asian people. A sleepy herd of tattooed fatties

waiting for stuff to happen that can't happen. Unpersons.

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MARDUKTA Thu, 06/07/2018 - 20:52 Permalink

It was over in the '60's when hair grew longer.  Evolution to the end.


And some of these nuts will be President one day and make DT look ancient in terms of tech being used.

'Oh, how I long for the good old days when Twitter was King!'