Skip nav

As we celebrate National Unplugged Day on 26th June, research published by Allen Carr Addiction Clinics emphasises that the explosion of social media, selfies and mobile devices is priming a generation of UK teenagers for a lifelong struggle with technology addiction.

The study, which questioned 1,000 UK teenagers aged 12 - 18, unveiled a worrying trend, highlighting:

• 83% of UK teenagers admit they would struggle to give up their vices for a whole month.
• The average teen checks social media 11 times a day, sends 17 text/ WhatsApp messages and takes a ‘selfie’ picture every three days.
• When asked which behaviours they could abstain from, UK teens said they would most struggle living without texting (66%), followed by social networking (58%), junk food (28%) and alcohol (6%).
• Mobile phones (79%), junk food (44%) and alcohol (9%) are the three activities teenagers were most likely to spend the most time on. One in five (20%)...

Read full release