The anti-social network: These NYC teens are ditching their smartphones

This story originally appeared on Dec. 13 in the NYCity News Service, run by the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY.

Logan Lane was 11 when she got her first smartphone. Like many kids, she started using Instagram, Snapchat and TikTok.

When she was 14, the pandemic hit. School went virtual. Her social media usage skyrocketed.

Lane felt overwhelmed as she found herself online for too many hours each day.

“I was fed up with the over-saturation of my life and the social aspects of it being connected to my online presence,” she said. “And I saw