teens and smartphones

Staring down at your phone for the greater part of the day can't be good for anyone. Yet short of prying those devices from the hands of our kids (hard to do when most of us have our own phone in the other hand), there's got to be a way to help them live a more balanced life.
One of the biggest questions making the rounds among parents of tweens and teens is not if, but when, to get your child a mobile device.
In case you're wondering how kids today think, new research enables us to answer that question and see how absolutely different they are from their elders.
The majority of teenage boys now accept sexting as a normal form of communication between girls because how they communicate through smartphones has stunted their ability to develop authentic loving relationships.
Why would someone with a laptop, an iPod, a cellphone and free access to the Internet need a smartphone too? I also ask if she can think of an instance when getting to the Internet at all times is absolutely necessary for someone her age.