Rejoice, parents, your teenagers are policing their own phone addictions

Oh, and parents are also obsessed with their own phones.

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Teenagers are trying to get a grip on their phone addiction.

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Teens are trying to be responsible users of technology, a new report says, attempting to monitor and control the amount of time they're glued to screens. 

Roughly 52 percent of US teens say they're taking steps to curb their mobile phone use, according to a Pew Research Center study published Wednesday. Similarly, 57 percent of teens are limiting their social media time and 58 percent are cutting back on  video games .

The survey offers a glimpse into the increasingly difficult subject of device addiction, which has prompted tech giants to integrate features into their products that help consumers control screen addiction. In June,  Apple  unveiled new features in  iOS 12  that allow you to monitor how much time you spend on your device. Facebook and its Instagram service added tools to help you monitor screen time and set daily limits for yourself.

The problem of addiction is quite prevalent, according to the survey. A total of 56 percent of teens said they felt lonely, upset or anxious if they didn't have their phones , according to the survey. More than half of their parents said they use parental controls on their kids' screen time allowance.

In addition, parents are struggling with their own screen addiction. More than a third of parents (36 percent) said they spend too much time on their phones. Teens said the same thing about their folks, with 51 percent reporting their parents had been distracted by their phones during conversations.

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