Media Literacy Forum

Are cellphones as important as they seem?

Cell phone use is different for everyone, but for me it's not that important unless it's from a family member or a friend. I’m usually never on my phone at school because you see the people you talk to, and it wastes your phone battery if you do. Some people may not be able to go through their day without there phone but there just over exaggerating because I think having your phone isn't a need it's a want. When I go out to eat with my family, I’m usually not on my phone unless it's for people that were meeting after or something.

 I think it's a little different with friends because I’m on it with friends. I may use my phone a lot but it's usually after school after homework and other chores. I guess I never really thought of how much I use social media but I think I use messages more than media, because I grew up with a flip phone. Is being obsessed with phones a good thing or bad thing? I don't think that when parents use a phone that they are bored and don't have anything better to do. They are on their phones so they can check up on you so they don't have to worry. Sometimes it's because they are bored but usually that is not the whole reason.

I think our parents can be strict. It's only because they care, they may take your phone away for some reason but you’ll eventually get it back. Social media can make you seem and feel unproductive. “There are so many great things about it but also there is the dark side of it.” This quote came off US NEWS, and I think it is so important to know what you’re actually doing online.

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  • I am the same as you! My phone is not that important to me, I like having it around for safety reasons. Even though I use it I am not on it twenty-four seven like most people.
  • With technology becoming a growing industry and seeing this growth in our school systems, you have to think about the harm from this. If you are using your phone 24/7, you are just making it worse for yourselves in the long run. Sure you are able to talk to people you wouldn't be able to otherwise, but when you are trying to talk to people you see physically, it's like you would rather use your cellphone instead.
  • It's really hard to say if being obsessed with our phones is good or bad. It's nice to be kept up-to-date on topics, but then again, it doesn't need to be our whole entire life. I'm a lot like you when it comes to using phones. I use my phone to text and listening to music throughout the day. I scroll through social media two or maybe three times a day.
  • We have become tools of our tools—as we've discussed, smart people are spending billions of dollars to make these devices in general and the apps on them addictive.
  • I am the complete opposite of you. My phone consumes all of my time and I do realize it, but I do nothing to change it. I was up at 7am with a fully charged phone and it's dead by the time I get home from school.
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