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A majority of U.S. teens are voluntarily limiting smartphone and social media use

Lets hope this trend has legs.

According to a new study released by Pew Research Center this week, U.S. teens are now taking steps to limit themselves from overuse of their phone and its addictive apps, like social media. A majority, 54% of teens, said they spend too much time on their phone, and nearly that many – 52% – said they are trying to limit their phone use in various ways.

In addition, 57% say they’re trying to limit social media usage and 58% are trying to limit video games.

More at TechCrunchPew Research Center

Related: Meet the teens who refuse to use social media – The Guardian

Six teenagers are running for governor in Kansas, and suddenly this doesn’t seem so preposterous anymore

A few weeks ago, I thought it foolish that teenagers were running for governor in Kansas. Now, I’m not so sure.

Monica Hesse, Washington Post:

Six teenage boys are running for governor of the state of Kansas. The would-be boy governors of Kansas. This was a funny concept for a while, and then it became absurd, and then a national tragedy happened and it became not funny but actually an emotion approaching tender, even aching.

The future belongs to them. It’s a cliche but it’s true. (That is also a cliche.)

We often look down on today’s young people, labelling them ‘millennials’ in derogatory tones. But their uprising, taking a stance, wanting to do what is right in the wake of yet another indiscriminate and brutal slaughter of young people at the Parkland high school, is perhaps naive, yes, but it’s brave, and it’s bold, and it gives me hope.

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