Addiction is a strong word, but it accurately describes the dysfunctional behavior exhibited by teenagers in high school classes when asked to put away their cellphones. Smartphones offer several conveniences in our life, but we also need to be aware of the negative effects of smartphone use; the most concerning aspect being phone addiction.
During high school, teens experience several physical and emotional changes, establishing their identity and doing their best to create an independent space for themselves. During these changes, a smartphone becomes indispensable for teenagers, as is the case with Lake Shore students.
I believe the vast majority of Lake Shore experiences phone addictions, and here’s why:
Not a single class period goes by where you won’t see students snapchatting or flipping through songs on Spotify. Not a single class period goes by where the teacher doesn’t have to interrupt the class to tell someone to get off their phone. And lastly, on a personal level, not a single class period goes by where I don’t do so myself.
I think it’s a real problem, and I hate to admit I am sometimes guilty of it myself. When doing some research, I found that the official name for smartphone addiction is “Nomophobia,” which is defined as “having a fear of not being with your phone.” The average time a person spends on smartphones each day is 2 hours and 51 minutes per day, and when focusing in on high school students, is over three and a half hours. According to www.bankmycell.com, the average user will tap, swipe, and click their phone 2,617 times a day.
I don’t find this hard to believe at all. The fight teachers endure to break the bond between student and phone is a losing battle. Even teachers themselves are victims of being on their phone while working, showing that cell phone addiction can affect any age of person.
In a survey on how to stop being addicted to your phone, the most common and proven helpful efforts to reduce smartphone use and dependence among teens in high school are as follows: Keeping the phone out of sight when in social situations or in class, turning off audio notifications, and limiting the number of times that you can use your device in a day.
Lake Shore’s phone addiction problem is real, and I think it is time for myself, my fellow students, and even teachers to begin the process of lessening the connection with our precious phones.