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Get Off Your Phone! Student Device Addiction At An All Time High

By Nadia Romanchock

Teenagers in this day and age rely too much on their cell phones. They are addicted to this technology, and it is affecting their lives. It affects their grades, communication skills, and their overall perception of life.

Students are almost constantly on their phones. According to a new study from Pew Research Center, “92% of teens report going online daily — including 24% who say they go online “almost constantly.”

Students’ grades have decreased dramatically with the use of cellphones in the classroom. Students who are on their phone become more distracted, and do not listen to what they are trying to learn. Phones distract from the learning process, and affect how the students do in school. This causes students’ grades to drop and their learning ability to go down.

Students’ communication skills drop dramatically with the overuse of cellphones. It is obvious when you look around. Everyone is constantly on their cellphones. No one has real conversations anymore. It is all behind a screen. People do not know how to communicate properly anymore because all they do is type and look at social media.

Dr. Hisao Ishii, an author studying in the communicating with teams, made a statement about the lack of real communication. He said, “Genuine conversation will be driven out by superficial communication, in which the act of contacting one another is all that matters, leading to a deterioration in the quality of relationships. Indeed, the very fabric of society may be threatened.”

People are now obsessed with keeping in contact with one another. Relationships these days are all based on if they text you back or not. Dr Hisao Ishii also said, “Teenagers can be seen taking advantage of every spare minute to touch base with their friends. It is not the content of the communication but the act of staying in touch that matters.”

Now, people always have to know how other people are feeling, what they are doing, and who they are with. Cell phones are ingrained in our society. They are taking over teenagers’ social life and is changing their perspectives on communication and their view on life itself.

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