9th Reading Forum

Discoveries About the Human Mind article response

Please respond as a reply to this discussion. Your response needs to be posted by class time on Thursday, February 18. 

Below are prompts to guide your response:

Respond to the article's claims about the distractions of smartphones, and then discuss whether our school's current smartphone policy is a good idea.

Choose one of the remaining seven claims and respond. 

As always, the following two components are required for credit:

At least one direct quotation from the article itself as part of one of your claims.

At least one direct reference to someone else's response (either in agreement or disagreement with their claim).

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  • The article has a point that we should sit back log off and think how technology affects our focus. I think everyone would start becoming happier and less violent if they took some time from technology. I think that our school’s current smartphone policy is a good idea, people actually focus without their smartphone.

    Nature does the mind good because it helps let people think. If people would be outside more I think they would make smarter decisions. “A nature-based treatment component may be a valuable addition to standard therapies for individuals struggling with substance abuse.”

    I agree with Mr. Polking that one reason students are sleep deprived is that screens have replaced sleep.
  • I have a very neutral stance with smartphones. I am even a bit biased, as I am one of the heavy smartphone users the article speaks of. No matter how bad it is for my mind, I continue to use it whenever I can, and even use it for hours at a time at home.

    I think the school shouldn’t change much, but I do think teachers should stop taking phones away before class, as not having your phone can put some kids on edge. The article states that using phones too much can cause many problems, like “missing appointments, walking into people, and forgetting things,” but I doubt anyone truly does these things, albeit forgetting things, but that happens even without heavy phone use.

    Drug culture has grown in recent years. Specifically marijuana, and arguments to legalize the drug are near unavoidable. Be it on the internet or TV, discussion is everywhere. That’s not the only drug that’s in the hot spot right now though. Psychedelics like LSD and shrooms are said to help with many problems, including depression, end-of-life anxiety, PTSD, and a few others. Lucas said one thing I don’t agree with. LSD and shrooms are non-addictive drugs, so people getting addicted is unlikely. How it helps, I have no clue, but if a pharmacologist at John Hopkins University said it works, then you should take him and his bonafide work for it.
  • I believe that cell phones can be distracting but i not quite agree with the fact that it says that we spend more time looking at screens then anything else. But most of the time smartphones are our way of connecting with people that are out of our reach. There is a quote from the article that states "Heavy smartphone users are more prone to experiencing cognitive failures arising from forgetfulness, inattention and a lack of awareness of one's surrounding". For the most part i can agree with that except for the part of heavy smartphone users. I mean what really defines heavy smartphone use. I believe that our school phone policy is good but i think that we school all power off our phones before class starts to eliminate the risk of distraction. I agree with Gina when she says “This quote shows that phones create multiple problems for kids” because in our society it's true.
  • I am a person who usually gets addicted to my phone. I am a person where if I hear a ring, I thinks it my phone and I go on it. But I totally agree with the distraction of phones or technology. I have done where I thought I felt my phone buzz and I check it. When I check it I didn't get anything. But use as humans get distracted so much because of their smart phones. Some end up dead because they don't pay attention to where they are going.

    How they say we can't use our phones in school at all, I don't agree. I think they should allow us to use our phones whenever we feel like it. I'm not saying just let us be on it 24/7 during school but I'm just saying there should be no policy on when we can use it.

    “Nature does the mind good.” I agree with the statement because I spend a lot of my time out in nature and I think I am a very good thinker because of that.

    I agree with with Gina when she says “This quote shows that phones create multiple problems for kids” I agree cause with this rate on how technology is created within the next 20 years technology will take over the world. Future kids won't have to do anything.
  • I think that they have a good point on how Americans now are currently spending more time on screens than they are on working, reading, or do homework. I think that the school’s smartphone policy is fine with that they let us have our smartphones, ipods, or ipads. And that we can have them out when class is almost done, when we have nothing to do, or when we are in the halls or lunch.
    “Nature does the mind good”. I agree with this statement, but it doesn’t always help with everyone’s disabilities or stress factors. We all need some fresh air at some points in life, but it’s not always good for us to breathe in that much at once. “outdoor strolls reduced the sort of obsessive, negative thoughts that characterize depression.” That just gives the people with severe depression the opportunity to commit suicide, hurt someone else, or it could help them. For suicidal people it’s not exactly a bad thing for them to go outside and get some fresh air to clear their minds about problems, but it also gives them an opportunity to do something that could hurt themselves or others around them.
    I agree with Aspen that it is a good thing to get out without technology, because usually people don’t bring technology with them to get out and take a walk or jog. But then again, their are teens who need to get out, but can’t leave without their phones.
  • I think that the article hit the mark on the head. As a teenager I am obsessed with my phone, I can't go longer than a few minutes with it out of my site. So I would have to agree with school’s policy about them. It lessens our stress about having to hide our phones from the teacher’s view.

    I would have to agree with Brittany “it was a constant game of how can I use this in class without being caught”. Now I don't have to because we are allowed to have our phones on our desks. Even though some teachers don't like it it lessens the stress of not being able to see your phone.

    I agree with the article's claim that Smartphones are wildly distracting. In the article it states “Just hearing your smartphone vibrate is enough of a distraction to significantly impair focus and productivity, according to a Florida state University study published in August.” I agree strongly with this because when you hear or feel your phone vibrate you want to check it. It's like a prize almost to know that something is there.

    The article also claims that nature does the mind good. "A nature-based treatment component may be a valuable addition to standard therapies for individuals struggling with substance abuse," Dr. Meredith Berry, a psychologist at the University of Montana and the study's lead author. I would have to say I agree with that because nature can be very calming.
  • I am a person who usually gets addicted to my phone. I am a person where if I hear a ring, I thinks it my phone and I go on it. But I totally agree with the distraction of phones or technology. I have done where I thought I felt my phone buzz and I check it. When I check it I didn't get anything. But use as humans get distracted so much because of their smart phones. Some end up dead because they don't pay attention to where they are going.

    How they say we can't use our phones in school at all, I don't agree. I think they should allow us to use our phones whenever we feel like it. I'm not saying just let us be on it 24/7 during school but I'm just saying there should be no policy on when we can use it.
  • I think that people, not only teens, but mostly teens are addicted to their phones, like it's a drug. "The internet is great, mobile phones are great, but there is a point at which we need to sit back, log off" thats what makes it like a drug people just can't log off or sign out. That they can’t live without it, that their life is going to end. Phones are becoming more of distraction during classes and walking down the halls. People are starting to let, the phone take over their life.

    I don’t think that they should not allow cellphones, but now theirs become a problem. Just a few people doing the wrong thing can get everyone punished. It's becoming harder to teach people the right and wrong of using a phone, in school because people want to use them when every they want. When they hear or feel, their phone vibrate their brain thinks automatically what happened, or who is it.

    I feel like it's not the teacher's job to say stop messing around with your phone during class, it should be common sense. People like to just mess around with their phone just to do it no reason at all, just for fun. Some class here at the high school as soon as you walk in the door, your phone has to be put on a table, in a box or something else. It's become such a problem that, in some classes if your phone is out you get a detention just for having it out.

    It doesn’t shock me that teens are getting less sleep because of their phones now. People don’t know when to stop, it's like a drug to them. The sleep deprivation makes teens more depressed and have more anxiety.
  • Smartphones are very distracting weather they good of in class or you run into people while you are on it. They are so distracting that people are getting in car accidents, running into people or things, forget things, and being late because they are on their smartphone. I see how it is distracting because on smartphones you can check social media, text, missed calls, and games.When back in the day you could only call and text.

    I think that nature does help people with diseases. It can help calm any one because they are really away from all human responsibilities.Spending time out in nature comes with physical, mental, and health benefits. It help all kinds of people from depression to people who have addictions.

    “ Nature could also have a therapeutic applications for addiction, and linked exposure to nature with reduced impulsive and improve self-control”

    I agree with Lexi and how she said that kids and young adults need to get off of their smartphones and go to a basketball game or go work out.
  • As a teenager with a small addiction to her iPhone, I can personally agree with the whole first claim. “Just hearing your smartphone vibrate is enough of a distraction to significantly impair focus and productivity, according to a Florida State University study published in August.” I can relate to this. In class, when you have your phone in your pocket and you feel it vibrate, all your attention automatically goes to your phone. You stress over what it could possibly be, and the information that you’re learning goes to the back of your mind.

    I think that the way our school lets us use smartphones is a very smart idea. In middle school, it was a constant game of how can I use this in class without being caught. Now that we have the option to use phones between classes and at lunch, I feel as if students would pay attention more. Also, letting us have our phones out on our desks is, in a way, a reassurance to the people who have to have their phones in their sight at all times.

    6) Nature does the mind good.
    I agree with this in every way possible. Even when I’m outside for only fifteen minutes, I can already feel myself getting in a better mood.

    Also, I disagree with what Lexi said about psychedelics. I think that giving people drugs to help cure an addiction is the wrong way to go. You’re trying to cure an addiction with another drug. That’s kind of ironic, in a way. However, I do not know the effects that this drug actually has on people who took this who have an addiction, so I may be a little uninformed.
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