It’s texting – at least among teens (up from 32% in 2012 to 35% 2018). Probably higher today as it has been trending upward.
In-person communication has paid the price for texting – down 49% to 32% in the same period.
Social media (16%) and video chatting (10%) are also on the rise.
The only means of communication that is declining is in-person.
Depression comes from lack of interpersonal relationships.
The phone is a convenient tool but also a great addiction. To avoid the downside of too much connectivity, set aside times for meals, bedtime, homework (for students) and social interactions to silence devices.