Parents were left stunned after this survey of American teenagers revealed one jaw-dropping fact about their cell phones

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Cellular technology has changed the way the world communicates.

Now everyone is addicted to their smartphones.

And parents were left stunned after this survey of American teenagers revealed one jaw-dropping fact about their cell phones.

Cell phone market in U.S. expected to grow to 364 million users by 2040

Just 30 years ago, no one could have ever imagined the rapid development that the mobile phone industry has experienced. 

A cell phone in the early 90s was basically a suitcase that weighed a ton, and the corded device could only make calls in certain areas. 

But in the late 90s and early 2000s, cell phones became more affordable and more convenient, leading to the smartphone revolution of the late 2000s.

According to Consumer Affairs, over a quarter of the U.S. population had a phone with an internet connection by 2011.

Just two years later, the iPhone was released, and that number skyrocketed to over 50%. 

Today, nearly 100% of Americans have a cell phone, and approximately 90% of those phones are smartphones. 

The trend has had an enormous impact on our society, and it’s projected to continue to grow to over 364 million smartphone users in the U.S. by 2040.

42% of teenagers believe cell phones have a negative impact on social skills

Now, 95% of teens between the ages of 13 and 17 years old have access to or own their own smartphone. 

Young Americans will never know a world without a constant connection to the internet, and anyone can see that while such technology certainly comes with benefits, there’s also a downside.  

A study by Pew Research indicated that most American teens find that smartphones have a negative impact on their ability to socialize. 

The survey found that 42% of teenagers admit that their smartphones make it more difficult to learn good social skills compared to 40% who say the opposite. 

While most assume that all kids just can’t get enough of their devices, there is reason to believe that they are growing tired of always being connected. 

The rise of social media has led to new trends, like cyber-bullying and stalking, and it seems like that is starting to change the way teens view their devices.

70% of teenagers believe that cell phones do more good than harm

Pew released the results of a study earlier this month that shows a new development in the relationship between teenagers and their mobile devices. 

The researchers found that nearly half of teenagers experience anxiety when they don’t have their smartphones. 

But despite these feelings of anxiety, an even larger percentage recognize the need to disconnect, and they say they sometimes enjoy it. 

When asked if they ever get a “peaceful” feeling being apart from their devices — 72% of teenagers responded in the affirmative.

Though these numbers may seem contradictory, there is something to be said about feeling unprepared for your day and most teenagers see their devices as an extension of work and school.

That being said, 70% of them believe that the harms caused by smartphones don’t outweigh the potential positive impacts. 

There is a shift happening in sentiment towards technology. 

And it’s likely to continue with the further development of social media and artificial intelligence.

US Political Daily will keep you updated on any developments to this ongoing story.