Why Do Smartphones Cause Sleep Deprivation?

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Jean M. Twenge argues that the excessive use of smartphones and social media is detrimental to the current and upcoming generations. My experience using Snapchat, Instagram, and other applications on my smartphone supports this because I have experienced some of the effects Twenge has stated in the article such as the way smartphones causes sleep deprivation among teens, the fact that teens who are involved in smartphone use are more likely to be unhappy, and that they are more likely to be lonier. The consensus that was concluded from Twenge’s argument is that the use of smartphones is causing the current generation in some way, shape or form to lack in the ability to socialize, the ability to reach contentment within their lives, and the…show more content…
I agree with the main arguments in Twenge’s article because I have experienced much of what she brings attention to. One of the main effects of excessive smartphone and social media usage that I have experienced is sleep deprivation. Sleep deprivation is the condition of not receiving the right amount of sleep that one’s brain and body may need in order for it to perform to its maximum efficiency. If left unresolved, this condition tends to cause many other deficiencies within the human body. In the article, Twenge states, “Electronic devices and social media seem to have an especially strong ability to disrupt sleep. Teens who read books and magazines more often than the average are actually slightly less likely to be sleep deprived—either reading lulls them to sleep, or they can put the book down at bedtime.” This evidence implies that adolescents who continuously uses their phones right before they go to sleep can result in some form of sleep deprivation. My experience supports this statement because currently I am only able
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