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New poll suggests half of young Americans are addicted to smartphones

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Posted at 6:52 PM, May 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-03 20:52:37-04

SALT LAKE CITY -- Fifty-nine percent of Parents say their teens are addicted to their mobile devices -- 50 percent of teens agree.

Those are some of the results from a new report published by commonsensemedia.org, a nonprofit group that studies parenting issues in the digital age.

The study polled more than 1,200 parents and teens to find out how cellphones and other mobile devices are affecting parent-child relationships.

“You kind of become enslaved to your technology, limiting your interactions with nature with family and with the people around you because you're so addicted to the screen,” Aaron Neuenschwander, co-founder of tech firm collabor8, told FOX 13 News.

Neuenschwander’s business partner Jake Nackos said the study resonates with him as a millennial, and also as a new father.

“When I get home from work my wife makes me take the phone to the bedroom for at least an hour, so I can unplug and hang with my son and with her as well,” Nackos said.