Teens tire of tech

The Sunday Times - - NEWS -

EVEN teenagers are sick of so­cial me­dia, and twothirds would not mind if it had never been in­vented, a Bri­tish poll sug­gests.

Many are be­com­ing dis­il­lu­sioned with its neg­a­tive as­pects, such as on­line abuse and fake news.

Ex­perts say a grow­ing num­ber are adopt­ing “brick” mo­biles, with only rudi­men­tary in­ter­net access, to give them a break from Twit­ter, In­sta­gram and Face­book.

The sur­vey of 5000 teens found 63 per cent would not care if so­cial me­dia did not ex­ist and 57 per cent said they had re­ceived abu­sive com­ments on­line. The poll, by Dig­i­tal Aware­ness UK, found 56 per cent were “on the edge of ad­dic­tion” to so­cial me­dia.

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