Teens ‘can’t live’ with­out phones and so­cial me­dia

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MOST teenagers could not last more than a DAY with­out us­ing so­cial me­dia or smart­phones, ac­cord­ing to new re­search.

A sur­vey of 2,000 young­sters found that two out of three spend an av­er­age of two hours a day on so­cial me­dia – and more dur­ing school hol­i­days.

A sim­i­lar num­ber ad­mit­ted send­ing a text to a fam­ily mem­ber while sit­ting in the SAME house.

Travel re­wards firm Avios said its study found that fam­ily time was more likely to con­sist of watch­ing TV than eat­ing a meal to­gether at the ta­ble.

Psy­chol­o­gist Dr Aric Sig­man said: “Th­ese re­sults in­di­cate that chil­dren are clearly spend­ing more of their spare time in the vir­tual world, re­in­forc­ing the need for fam­i­lies to take stock and en­sure chil­dren spend more time in the real world.”

Three out of four teenagers said they could not last a day with­out us­ing so­cial me­dia, with one in seven ad­mit­ting they would not last an hour.

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