May 30, 2019

Axios PM

Good afternoon. Today's PM is 488 words, < 2 minute read.

1 big thing: Not everything is all right

Illustration: Rebecca Zisser/Axios

Today's intense top line: 52% of U.S. parents admit spending too much time with their phones, Axios' Ina Fried reports.

  • That's up 23 percentage points since 2016.

Why it matters: News coverage often deservedly focuses on concerns about smartphone use among children.

  • But parents are increasingly realizing their own usage deserves concern, according to a new study from Common Sense Media.

By the numbers:

  • 1 in 4 parents checks their phones at least once per night. Among teens, that's 1 in 3.
  • 61% of parents and 70% teens check their phones in the half hour before bed (researchers say you shouldn't do this.)
  • Kids increasingly say their parents spend too much time on the phone (39% today vs. 28% in 2016).
  • More teens today think they spend the right amount of time on their phone (47% vs. 29% in 2016).

Between the lines: Pay attention to these studies over the next few years to see whether these stark trends are from changes in behavior or people simply becoming aware they're on their phones too much.

Be smart: If we want our kids to spend less time on devices we should focus on limiting our screen time, not just theirs, Ina wrote in Slack.

Bonus: Pics du jour
Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images

Above: State Highway 3 is swallowed up by flood water where the Marys River meets the Mississippi River at Chester, Illinois.

Below: A street sign marking the edge of town along Kaskaskia Street pokes out of floodwater.

Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images
2. What you missed
  1. AG Bill Barr "personally felt" Robert Mueller could have reached a decision on whether or not Trump obstructed justice, despite the Justice Department policy that a sitting president cannot be indicted. Go deeper.
  2. Former Democratic Florida gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum has been named in a federal subpoena demanding numerous records, including ones related to his failed 2018 campaign. [Tampa Bay Times]
  3. Department of bad records: There have been more measles cases in 2019 than in any of the past 25 years. Chart.
  4. Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera, two transgender women credited with pioneering modern LGBTQ activism, will be featured in a new monument near the Stonewall Inn, a historic gay nightclub in Greenwich Village. Details.
3. 1 tech thing

Instagram has helped to end one of France's most public and bitter inheritance battles, writes the New York Times' Palko Karasz.

  • Rock star Johnny Hallyday, who died in 2017, is easily the biggest artist you've never heard of — selling more than 110 million records over his six-decade career, per the BBC.

After two copies of Hallyday's will were found, his grown children sought "to prove that their father lived mostly in France and not in the United States" to prevent his fourth wife from taking over as his sole heir.

  • They used "a chart of Johnny and Laeticia Hallyday’s locations from 2012 to 2017 as revealed by pictures from their public Instagram accounts."
  • "The chart showed that Mr. Hallyday spent at least 151 days in France in 2015 and 168 the year after. He then spent eight months without interruption in the country, mainly because of his illness, before his death in 2017."

Why it matters: The decision "served as a reminder of the rising prominence of data from social media as evidence."