Adolescence with Technology by S.H.

There is a general dispute regarding technology and adolescence overusing their phones; some teens feel the need to be invested in the internet and their social lives when in reality, they aren’t actually involved in being social with the real world on a daily basis. Studies have shown an increasing amount of dangers in teenagers overusing electronics such as risk to be obese, increased aggression, sleep deprivation and a series of potential health problems. I think I can vouch for most teenagers such as myself when I say we always have our phone with us; it’s constantly at the tip of our fingers whether we’re going to sleep, sitting in class or even a rising use of the phone behind the wheel. The use of cellphones is constantly growing among adolescents.

Don’t get me wrong, I can also argue that electronics are a great thing! I get to communicate with people all the time and I can honestly say I’ve learned a lot just from having access to my phone throughout everyday; however, I believe the negatives outweigh the positives in this given scenario. I’ll be honest, if I didn’t have my phone all the time i’d be pretty upset. I’ve adjusted to the idea of this device always being in my reach; the feeling of the missing phone in my pocket makes me panic. Most teenagers act like their phone is all they need. I can look around in a classroom, a CU basketball game or at the coffee shop and see more than half the people around me invested in their mobile device even though the real world around them is much more important. What do people really get out of their mobile devices though? I talked to some people who don’t necessarily feel the want to have their phone all the time.

A student in my first period class had stated, “I only really need a phone for the means of communication like incase something important comes up, but I only have a flip phone.” This was a good example of someone who isn’t always walking around with the distraction of the internet at their fingertips. I asked another student what they thought about cellphone usage and they told me, “it’s just a distraction. It makes you anti-social.” These two people gave me some clear examples as to why cellphones are being overused in the general teenage population.

I talked to a different student, a very popular lower-classman about her cellphone as well. I asked if she needed her phone. She said yes. When I asked why, she said, “so I can snapchat my boyfriend.” So as I thought about what people really do on their phones, there is an unhealthy amount of activity that is more harmful than helpful. I thought to myself why does she need to snapchat her boyfriend so often? Is that a valid reason to need a cellphone all the time? To some people, that may be a valid reason; however, there are better ways to contact people. Taking selfies isn’t much of a reason to have the internet at your fingertips on a daily basis.

Yes, I’m one of those people who needs my phone. I’m used to having it in my pocket all the time; it’s hard for me not to have it because I feel the need to be connected to the internet world. Children have gotten used to having this device with them all the time and it’s hard to realize that it is doing more harm than help. Maybe my cell phone usage is unhealthy though. Maybe I need to check into the real world more often and put the phone away. I believe there needs to be more of an awareness of how bad the excessive cell phone usage can be on a young person’s mind and body.