A recent study found that people spend an average of four hours per day on their phone. Young people are the group that spend the most time on their phone, however I think they get a bad rap for it.
I cannot count the amount of times I have been told by my parents to "get off the phone and look around." There seems to be a consensus among older people that teenagers and young adults are always on their phones and are "checked out" from the real world.
While I'm sure there is truth to this, it is unfair to pretend that older generations don't spend a lot of time on their phones as well. I know from my anecdotal evidence that my mom is on her phone a whole lot. Unlike me (and most kids my age), she is not able to multitask while on her phone at all. If she is doing something on her phone, it is literally impossible for her to talk to anyone at all while looking at her phone.
In my opinion, this actually makes her phone use more detrimental to social interaction than mine does. Even though I may be on mine more than her, her phone use causes a severe disconnect from the world around her.
I notice this with many other adults besides my mom, too. I guess it has something to do with my generation having computers around them their whole lives, whereas people my mom's age lived half their lives without them. They've had to adapt.
What this whole thing boils down to is that I think adults need to cool it with the whole high and mighty attitude about phones and technology. They are just as guilty about the things they accuse us younger people of doing.
So, if you are an older person reading this article, take a moment to reflect before you accuse someone of "always being on your phone." Also, note that we actually can hear what you are saying even if we aren't looking at you when you say it.