Is social media making us lazy?

Jada Stokes, Tiger Eye News Staff Writer

Social media play a big impact on kids, teens and young adults in today’s society. How many hours in a day do teens spend on social media?  A lot of parents feel that kids and teens spend too much time on social media research says that the average time that teens spend on their phones and social media is 9 hours.  According to CNN study says that kids age 2 to 5 years old should spend only 1 hour per day. Parents feel that younger kids don’t spend enough time outside. Some studies show that kids should be spending at least 3 hours outside. In 2010, Michelle Obama led a national public awareness effort to improve the health of children. In 2006 Nickelodeon went dark for 3 hours to get kids to play outside.


One ABC study shows that teens spend more than seven hours per day screen media for entertainment, and tweens (children ages 8 to 12) spend nearly five hours. Researchers analyzed the data from a nationally representative survey of approximately 1,600 individuals age 8 to 18 about their relationship with social media. Many parents believe that teens are too attached to their phones or even addicted. Studies show that 60% of teens between ages 13 to 17 believe that spending too much can cause major problems.  Individuals age 10 to 16 on average get less than 13 min a day of physical activity. Studies have found that the outdoors help improve the focus of kids with ADHD.

Stanford Health stated that going outside can help to make healthier children and other studies that show children burn more calories outdoors, helping prevent obesity and strengthen bones and muscles. Playing in the sun helps the body create Vitamin D, strengthen the bones and reduce the likelihood of chronic diseases. It can even help with social development by teaching them how to explore and learn more about the real world with their abilities. Some studies show that children who play outside regularly have better distance vision than children who always indoor.  Children who go outside more curious and self-directed. The outdoors can help keep our immune systems strong.


The site VeryWellFamily gives some possible rules for teen cell phone usage to follow, as detailed below.

  1. No cell phone during family time.
  2. No cell use during homework time.
  3. No cell phone before school.
  4. No cell at the dinner table.
  5. Cell phones must be turned off before bedtime.
  6. No cell phones in bed.
  7. No cell phone use while driving.


These guidelines could help teens make healthy choices while using a cell phone.