Name a social media app, and 12-year-old Brooke was probably on it.
“FaceTime, Snapchat, Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr, Vine, Kik,” Brooke, now 15, told ABC News’ “20/20.”
The California teen got her first taste of social media at a friend’s house at age 11, and then shortly before her 12th birthday, she received a phone of her own – an iPhone. Brooke says she quickly became obsessed with the phone and social media.
“The second a text went off — the second someone Snapchats me or FaceTimes me, I always answered, and I always waited and waited and waited for someone to reply,” Brooke said.
While her parents Jim and Stephanie estimate she was on her phone for hours from the time she got home from school to the moment she went to bed, Brooke says it was even longer.
“It was always about refreshing my feed and I’d stay up until like 4:30 in the morning,” she recalled. “It was my heart. I couldn’t put it down … It felt like a part of me.”
By Eric M. Strauss, Denise Martinez-Ramundo and Alexa Valiente – May 16, 2017 – ABC News