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Some consumers suffer from screen addiction.

I’ve always felt lucky to have been born in the perfect year (1983) to grow up alongside an incredible technology evolution – from land line phones and cassette tapes in junior high; to CDs and the first Nokia cell phones in high school; to texting, MySpace and Facebook’s first days in my early 20s; to 24/7 connectivity and media streaming via smartphones and other devices in my late 20s and early 30s. I loved the fact these innovations came about during these particular stages of my life; today’s senior citizens, for example, missed out on the fun until later on and are more hesitant to adopt new technology (unless you’re my 100-year-old grandma, who texts and uses Facebook daily. No joke.) And Gen Zers are stuck navigating adolescence in a world of posting and sharing. The way bullying took place when I was that age – verbally and in written notes – was bad enough; cyberbullying takes it to a whole new level.

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Natasha Chilingerian

Natasha has served as managing editor for CU Times since March 2015. She also served as a communications specialist for Xceed Financial Credit Union in Los Angeles from 2013-2015, and as a CU Times freelancer from 2011-2013. She has been a professional writer for more than 13 years, specializing in news and lifestyle journalism as well as marketing copywriting for companies in the finance and technology space.

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