May 11, 2022
It’s awful hard to unring the bell.
The number of tweens — that is, children between the ages of 8 and 12 — who have their own smartphones increased from 24 percent in 2015 to 43 percent in 2021. Among tweens with a phone, 64 percent of them list “watching on-line videos” as their favorite activity.
Meanwhile, according to THIS article in the New York Times, one-third of U.S. TikTok users are 14 years old or younger. That’s about 18 million kids. If it’s of any consolation, the percentages are even higher elsewhere. In Germany, the share of TikTok users who were classified as 14 or younger was around 35 percent. In Great Britain, the share was about 43 percent. In France, it was 45 percent.
We’re all going to hell.