Does Adolescent Digital Technology Use Detract from the Parent–Adolescent Relationship?

Michaeline Jensen, Madeleine J. George, Michael A. Russell, Melissa A. Lippold, Candice L. Odgers

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A population-representative sample of young adolescents (N = 2,104, mean age 12.4) reported on digital technology use and relationships in 2015. A subsample (N = 388) completed a 14-day ecological momentary assessment in 2016–2017 via mobile phone. Across the 2,104 adolescents, those who reported more social networking site engagement were more likely to live in families characterized by more family chaos and to report that their online experiences resulted in problems with their parents. However, when the subsample of adolescents was followed daily, there was little consistent evidence that adolescents’ quantity of daily digital technology use detracted from the amount of time they spend interacting with close others (including parents) nor that adolescent daily technology use was associated with more negative or less positive parent–adolescent interactions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)469-481
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Research on Adolescence
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Cultural Studies
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Behavioral Neuroscience


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