Teens and Smartphone Addiction
The smartphone is one of the latest trendy gadgets that every teen wants to own. Smartphone has many uses that users can benefit from. Or get a teen addicted to it. Teen smartphone addiction is rather alarming adults—parents, educators, etc. Here are the truths about teen smartphone addiction...
The smartphone is one of the latest trendy gadgets that every teen wants to own. Smartphone has many uses that users can benefit from. Or get a teen addicted to it. Teen smartphone addiction is rather alarming adults—parents, educators, etc. Here are the truths about teen smartphone addiction…
The second a teen wakes up he or she usually grabs his or her smartphone first. Before going to the bathroom, eating breakfast and leaving for school, they always check at their smartphones. Worse, before and during studying and doing homework, they often check their smartphones for any notifications. Hence, they lose their focus on their studies.
Many teens no longer own or wear watches. This gives them another occasion to check their smartphone regularly for the time. This temps them to check for other interesting things other than time—like social media updates.
Many teens rely on their smartphone in getting the latest news or information.If in the past laptops were a fad, today it’s the smartphones. So teens nowadays can conveniently do their web browsing and reading at the palm of their hands. And with just a few flicks of the thumb. How can computers beat that?
Smartphones have replaced iPods too. So teens who love music and constantly listens to it have all that convenience in one simple device. Hence, a smartphone has become part of a teen’s life. A teen that is addicted to smartphone can’t live without it. They always bring their phone anywhere and everywhere they go to. They even sleep with their smartphone by the bedside table, with earphones plugged into their ears. It’s as if their smartphones have become their other halves.
Living in a virtual world
Because of smartphone addiction, teens have become tuned into the online and virtual world but tuned out from the real world. They often don’t know what is happening around them. They are busy fidgeting with their smartphones and missing out on all the fun that’s happening in the real world!
Of course, not all teens are like that. But a good number of teenagers are. It’s often sad to know that even if advancement in technology has brought us fast forward into the future, it has also hampered some aspects of our lives. In the end, smartphones are merely tools. Powerful tools. So we’ve got to educate the younger generation how to use them for a greater good.
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