I have let it be known before that I am a mall walker. Every Friday I walk up to three miles at the local mall. It is good and safe exercise for this 70+-year-old deaf guy. 🙂 One of the things I do pretty regularly during these mall walks is to take unofficial surveys. Sometimes I count the number of women wearing heels higher than 1 inch (around 2%). This time I chose to count the number of kids younger than thirty who are walking the mall clinging their cell phones. I’m not talking about them having them in their pants, but actually never letting go of them. Many of those weren’t actually using or looking at their phones, they were just holding them. I was quite surprised by the results.
I counted about 45 people in this age category and 30 of them were holding their phones. Of the fifteen who weren’t, eleven were men an four were women carrying babies or packages.
I am a techie so of course I most often have my cell with me when I leave the house. I average about 25 text messages a month and zero calls so that makes me an extremely light user according to statistics:
According to a New York Times report, both teens and adults check their smartphones 150 times per day (or every six minutes), and send an average of 110 texts per day.
For many teenagers these days, texting is passé, so they have upgraded to platforms like Snapchat and Instagram—suggesting that these numbers may not represent actual usage.
Around 46 percent of smartphone users say that they “couldn’t live without” their phone, and one-in-three would rather give up sex than their cell phone…
- 92 percent of teens go online daily, and 24 percent say they are online “almost constantly.”
- 76 percent of teens use social media (81 percent of older teens, 68 percent of teens ages 13 and 14).
- 71 percent of teens use Facebook, 52 percent use Instagram, 41 percent use Snapchat, 33 percent use Twitter.
- 77 percent of parents say their teens get distracted by their devices and don’t pay attention when they’re together.
- 59 percent of parents say they feel their teen is addicted to their mobile device.
- 50 percent of teens say they feel addicted to their mobile device.
The crux to all of this at least to me is that most teenagers are never alone as they are constantly sending or receiving messages to and from others. Most sleep with their cellphone on their nightstands. I imagine some even hold on to them when they sleep.
Creativity almost always starts with the person alone with their thoughts. How can that happen now? Are we stifling creativity in this generation? I don’t want to sound like an old person who laments for the “good old days” but I think something has to change in the coming years.