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Teenager Is Addicted to Social Media

An article in The Atlantic shared an interview with a 14-year-old girl from New Jersey named Casey. Casey got her first computer (a toy) when she was 18 months old. She got her first cellphone (a real one) when she was in the second grade. Casey may not be representative of her generation, but her comments are revealing nonetheless.

Here's what Casey said about her addiction to technology and social media:

  • I bring [my iPhone] everywhere. I have to be holding it. It's like OCD—I have to have it with me. And I check it a lot.
  • It's not like I want to [go on Facebook] or I don't. I just go on it. I'm, like, forced to. I don't know why …. Facebook takes up my whole life.
  • If I'm not watching TV, I'm on my phone. If I'm not on my phone, I'm on my computer. If I'm not doing any of those things, what am I supposed to do? I mean, I don't put down my phone. And it makes me wish that I did. It's addicting.

Here's what Casey said about friendships and technology:

  • [A friend] wasn't in the group chat, so we stopped being friends with her. Not because we didn't like her, but we just weren't in contact with her. [That friend] has a smartphone now, so that's what gets her in. We always loved her and she was always our good friend, but she was excluded—and she knew it, too—because she didn't have an iPhone.

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