Social Media Survey Finds Many Teens Feel the Need to Unplug

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About 43 percent of teens would like to disconnect sometimes, according to a national survey of more than 1,000 people.

Today’s teens may love their Facebook and mobile phones, but even they feel the need to unplug and smell the roses.

About 43 percent of teens would like to disconnect sometimes, according to a national survey of more than 1,000 people aged 13 to 17, conducted by Common Sense Media, a child advocacy group.

That number may not be too surprising given that 41 percent said they were “addicted” to their mobile devices. About 36 percent said they sometimes wish they could go back to a time when there was no Facebook, according to the report.

Here’s one that might surprise you: 45 percent of those surveyed get frustrated when their friends pay more attention to their gadgets than to them. Also, despite the popularity of texting, teens’ favorite form of communication with friends is by talking in person, according to 49 percent of respondents.

Seems teens and their parents have more in common than they realized.

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