9th Reading Forum

Cell Phone Addiction Article Response

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Use the following prompts to guide your response:

What surprised you?

What confirmed or contradicted what you previously thought?

What is your relationship with your cell phone like? How do your parents/guardians feel about your cell phone use?

Respond to one of the claims made in the article.

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1) At least one direct quotation from the article to provide evidence for a claim you are making, and

2) A direct reference to someone else's response, either in agreement or disagreement. This reference should mention the student (or teacher) by name and should be included in your own response.

I'm putting my response here in the directions to make it easier for you to read. You're welcome.

Right now, my phone is on the bookshelf, charging. I feel no pull, no sense that a part of me is missing with it not being within arm's reach. But I am writing this on my laptop, while I listen to a podcast, with seven other tabs open (Tweetdeck, school and personal gmail, Google Classroom, the database for the Cybils book award I am judging, National Weather Service, and the Premier League Fantasy soccer site). I sometimes leave my phone at home when I leave for school, and I sometimes leave my phone at school when I leave for home. This doesn't bother me at all. But if I left my laptop at school, I'd drive back to get it. I'm not addicted to my phone. I may be addicted to my laptop. 

I was not surprised to hear that many teens feel they spend too much time on their phones; I have heard this from my students, and as a teacher and coach, I've seen it firsthand. And I was not at all surprised to hear that more parents than teens feel their teens spend too much time on their devices—both because of the differing generational experiences with mobile devices and the tendency of adults to always feel the younger generation wastes time on things that aren't important. I was glad to see the article quoting adults who acknowledge their own digital addiction, as I hate that adults pretend our culture's digital distraction issue is only an issue for the young people. 

GG Benitez was quoted in the article as being "praised . . . for her 'immediate response' to texts, e-mails and social media posts," but also admits that the "need to be connected can be taxing." I feel the same way at times—I'm crap about even seeing texts that don't also come through as messages on my laptop (see above leaving my phone behind), but I do try to respond to e-mails and Twitter notifications quickly. I feel that with so much of our teaching being online, I need to be available. But at times I wish we didn't have to be so digitally available all the time.

I often wonder what life is like for your generation and even younger kids, many of whom have never known a world separate from digital distraction. Do you think of the digital technology as separate from your experience of being human? Or is it just part of who you (and we) are now?

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  • My addiction for my phone is not that bad. I feel no need to have my phone near me at all costs. I always leave my phone in my room and it is always turned off. The longest I went without my phone was a whole year. I really don’t know why so many kids need to have their phones near them or with them everyday and every hour. I can say from my point of view that I have no addiction to my phone or any cellular device.

    In the article there are so many examples of people who have had addictions to phones or have seen other people who have a addiction with phones. Terry Greenwald works as a custodian at a school and he sees so many kids on their phones at school while constantly walking near the walls so they can move from class to class. Janis Elspas has a blog called Mommy Blog Expert and she believes the rules and boundaries parents set for their children when they get their first cell phone could lead to an addiction. I agree with Tyler Uhlenkamp because those who get their phone taken away can just go on their Xbox and text or chat with their friends.
  • I feel that I'm addicted to my phone. I always feel the need to have it by me or else I feel like I'm missing something important. My parents don't get mad at me for being on it all the time, but they get mad when I go over my data. In the article it states, "Whether it is an addiction or not, two-thirds of parents --66%-- feel their teens spend too much time on their mobile devices." This surprises me because I thought it would be more. It says that kids often walk near walls in the hallways so they could be on their phones. I've personally seen this happen so it confirms what I already knew.

    One of the claims in the article is that if your kid would rather play gaming indoors than go out with friends that you may have a problem. I think this is true because kids should go out with friends instead of just sit inside on their Xbox all day. I agree with Mr. Polking about adults being addicted to their devices because a lot of adults think it's just kids that are addicted when in reality they're almost as addicted as us.
  • What surprised me is that they are saying that this is an addiction. I could easily go days on end without a phone and I have, it's not like I absolutely need to have it, but yes I will admit that it's nice to have a phone. Having a phone is a want not a need, you don't need to have a phone but it helps with jobs, talking to family or friends, or whatever else you use it for. My grandparents don't really care that I have a phone, just as long as I don't go over my data limit then I'm in the clear.

    One thing that I do not agree with at all is this quotation. "If your teen would prefer gaming indoors, alone, as opposed to going out to the movies, meeting friends for burgers or any of the other ways that teens build camaraderie, you may have a problem." It makes me really angry because what if this teen is socially awkward, or doesn't have any friends to do that with, that doesn't mean you have a problem and should go see a detox expert.

    I agree with Mia that we talk to friends more with a phone than in person.
  • I could honestly say that I have an addiction to my phone. I'm constantly on my phone, in the morning, between classes, after school. I don't think I could live without my phone. I do just about everything on my phone. If my phone ever dies it's like a must need to find a charger. I knew that this was getting to be a problem.

    What surprised me is that 28% of teens say that their parents are addicted their phones. I thought that it would be lower that this for sure. Who also suprised me was that 56% of parents admit to checking their phones very often

    A mom named janis Elspas set boundaries for her children when they got their phones. She also didn’t even get them phones until they were at least a junior in highschool. I agree with the boundaries part but waiting until they’re junior is, to me, not good. I believe they should get their first phones when they’re about in 7th or 8th grade.

    I agree with Waw cause if I ever do get my phone taken away I can just go on my Xbox. It has you tube and I’ll just go on that instead.
  • I’m undoubtedly addicted to my phone. I wouldn’t willingly go a day without it, and I usually don’t go an hour without picking it up. My phone has become a crutch for my social anxiety, my drug, my addiction. You won’t catch me without my phone unless I’m sleeping or need to. Obviously, I enjoy using it, but I’m not sure of the main reason why I use it so much. When anxiety keeps me from interacting with people, I can play on my phone and feel less like I’m being watched and judged. I definitely have an internet addiction.
    It surprised me that only half of teens think that they’re addicted to the internet. I’m thinking that maybe some teens knew that they had an addiction to their smartphones, but they just didn’t want to admit to it. It would actually be a relief to know that only half actually are addiction, but I’m sure it’s more like 80% of teens. When you walk down the hall of a high school in between classes, you’ll see more than half of the students on their phones. Everyone’s looking at a screen when walking down the hall unless they either don’t have a phone, or they’re literally running to a class trying to make it there on time.
    In the first paragraph, I proves that more than half of teens have a smartphone addiction. “Nearly 80% of teens in the new survey said they checked their phones hourly, and 72% said they felt the need to immediately respond to texts and social networking messages. Thirty-six percent of parents said they argued with their child daily about device use, and 77% of parents feel their children get distracted by their devices and don’t pay attention when they are together at least a few times per week.
  • What supersized me was that 36% of parent argue with there kid because of there phone because I thought some kids would be smart using there phone instead of getting in trouble and talking to there parents.

    What confirmed me was that a parent is on her phone more than her kids and that she is on her phone 24/7 and that they never put their down they would only put there phones down if there are doing something like play basketball or even playing football.

    My relationship is that sometimes my mom has to talk to me about my phone but without my phone I will be fine because I will just play my Xbox instead of using my phone because my Xbox has YouTube and I can talk to all of my friends on Xbox.

    I agree with Tyler Uhlenkamp because most of the kids that game usually talk to their friends on Xbox or whatever system they have.

    When I read about how Terry Greenwald has three kids that are like zombies he said because there just on their phones doing nothing.
  • To be honest the fact that cell phone addiction even exists suprises me I mean I knew that there were people who where on there phones all the time (24/7) but I didn't realize that it was an issue. I thought they just really enjoyed being on there phones.

    Confirmations or Contradictions?: I didn't know anything about Cell phone Addiction until we read this article so there wasn't anything that could confirm what I thought but I guess you could say that, the fact that cell phone addiction even excised contradicts what I believed to be true. Like I said I thought that these addicted people just enjoyed being on there phones.

    "Weather it is an addiction or not, two-thirds of parents --66%-- feel their teens spend too much time on their mobile devices, and 52% of teens agree,
    according to the poll." Well I these parents feel this way then why don't they stop paying the phone bill and data plan, or just not buy the phones at all. I agree with Tyler Uhlenkamp because in my house we are not allowed to have are phones at the dinner table.
  • What surprised me was that 59% of parents say that their children are addicted to there phones. I new phones were getting huge and becoming a problem. Phones are everywhere. It is hard to cut down the hours. I try to cut down the time with my Xbox, and there are many ways to stop. For most teens they just don’t care how long they are on there phones.

    I can put my phone down and not worry about it. I’m not addicted to my phone, but I’m addicted to my Xbox because that is what I use to watch things, talk to others, and play games. When I got my first phone it was cool but not a big deal to me. I just kept going on my Xbox with my phone on my side just incase if I got a phone call.

    Janis Elspas founder of Mommy Blog Expert has a great rule that is no phones at the dinner table. When I read this about her I thought it was a great idea.
    I agree with Joe McCartan how gaming is something that many people use to talk to their friends these days.
  • While reading the article, “Cell phone addiction,” something that had surprised me is how much teens use their phones. How 80% of teens check their phones hourly, I might check mine once a week, if that. Over 66% percent of parents think their teenager use there phone to much, my parents think I need to use it to little. I can live without a phone, when others say they can’t live without theirs for 5 mins. In the article it talked about how much teenagers are on their phones all the time, but I wouldn’t of been able to imagine how much.
    I knew already that teenagers like being on their phones, looking at texts, Instagram, Facebook, or whatever else it may be. I see tons of people looking on their phone and walking through the whole. I have bumped into someone on their phone in the hallway. I see tons of people on there phones especially at lunch or outside after school.
    For me, I have left my phone at school many times, or I have lost it. It’s never charged and almost never with me. I couldn’t imagine there be a day where no one can use their phone, just for a day, because they are to addicted to it. Yes, when being addicted to something, it is very hard to stop, but you gotta at least try. You shouldn’t have to have your phone with you 24/7. There’s no reason for needing it 24/7 unless there is an emergency or someone is very sick and you might need to check on them.
    I agree with Autumn when it said In the article, “Benitez, the public relations executive who finds it hard to stay off her phone, said she has take steps to curb her own digital addiction, such as setting aside the phone during meal time,” that it’s a very important quote. I think that you shouldn’t have your phone out at all during meal time, it’s the time to enjoy a meal with your family and talk about the day before you go off and play on your electronics.
  • I wouldn't say that I am as addicted to my phone as much as most teens are. I check it about every two hours, but most of the time, I don't feel the need to reply or interact with any notifications. A lot of teen seem like they are tied to their phones. What surprised me is the actual demographics and statistics that the article presented. I already knew that many teens are addicted to their phones or any internet connection at all really. My parents know that my habits aren't as bad as most teens, but when I do start getting close they help me to focus not all my attention to my phone.

    A mom named Janis Elspas said that the rules and boundaries that parents set when a child gets their first phone, is helpful in keeping any addictions away later. I agree with her because if you set rules at a young age, then they won't be used to being on their phones constantly, so they won't do it.

    "I had taken my son to a movie and he turned around to me and said, 'Are you serious, Mom? We are at the movies and you are still on your phone?'"
    This quotation shows that it's not just teens that are addicted to their phones. With the growing market of electronics sometimes, it is hard for adults to put the phone down as well. Everybody is guilty of this at some point in their lives, but now it is starting to become more of a problem.

    I agree with Mia when she said that just because she uses her phone on a daily basis doesn't make her addicted. Obviously we use more devices than the older generations, and yes a lot of probably are addicted, but I don't think based on my habits that I myself am addicted to my phone.
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