Teen Technology Addiction

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You’re sitting in your bedroom working on algebra homework; your phone lays on the nightstand and your laptop is open to a textbook. Drake raps through your Bluetooth speaker when suddenly your phone begins to buzz and ring. You snatch your phone off of the nightstand and see that your girlfriend has posted a selfie on her Instagram page. Suddenly you’re off track, and it will take minutes for you to regain focus. This extremely typical scenario is all-too familiar to the average teen, and reflects the idea that technology is negatively affecting millions of global citizens. To aid in the battle against teenage technology addiction, schools should participate in the national “Shut Down Your Screen Week” to make students more aware of technology’s…show more content…
The Associated Press says, “[Teens] are so emotionally connected to being tied in with their friends 24 hours a day that if they get a text, they feel obligated to respond in seconds.” This excerpt from the article, “Higher Screen Time, Lower Grades,” highlights the idea that many of today’s teens are constantly drawn to their devices, whether the information he or she is receiving is good or bad. Instead of making people more connected, smartphones are in fact making everyone more isolated. Because of cell phones, teens are becoming less present in social scenarios and less connected to their peers. A recent study from Cornell University shows that “Americans have fewer close relationships than 20 years ago” (Hampton). Although modern teens still have friends, the quality of the relationships show to be significantly less intimate and strong, creating a stronger feeling of…show more content…
According to Matt Richtel of New York Times, some of these distractions are capable of problematic results. “Distractions can have deadly consequences, as when cell phone-using drivers cause wrecks.” A smartphone could begin to ring while a dad is driving his family, and he may answer the call but drive through a stop sign. A tragedy similar to this could result in the death of all passengers in the vehicle. These distractions vary in moderation; some are ordinary while others are majorly severe. However, they all have consequences. Chronic technology users are perhaps the most prone to smart devices’ side effects; a major occurrence is the loss of focus and the decrease in teens’ productivity levels. In Matt Richtel’s article, “Attached to Technology and Paying a Price,” he claims that “... heavy multitaskers actually have more trouble focusing and shutting out irrelevant information.” Richtel later elaborates on his claim, saying that people who use their smart devices while attempting to focus and be productive take more time to do so. This loss of focus results in an even larger loss of
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