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Cell Phone Addiction

It’s almost everywhere in today’s society. No one dares leave the house without it. People are using it while eating, walking and sometimes even driving. Yes, this essential object is the humble cell phone. I happen to be subject to this addiction myself. I don’t go anywhere without it and use it constantly throughout the day. I find myself using it in the hallways and most of the time while I am at home. I’m not trying to say that cell phones are a harm to our society. They have many uses ranging from business transactions to simple online games. They even help us connect us with people over thousands of miles away. But rather our addiction to them is the real problem. People can’t get enough using them and even put their lives in danger. In today’s world, one in every four car crashes were a caused by cell phones. That makes over a million and half of the car crashes. This device is a huge distraction, allowing us to escape reality. This saying very familiar to us as used with the illegal substances, drugs.

I would personally say that cell phones are mostly affecting the younger generations. While we are in class, I could look around the room and find at least one person using their phone. They are typing away, watching a show or playing a game. All these things distract the fundamentals of what a student should be doing, learn. And as a test comes around, they are fully unprepared to take it resulting in a failing test score or having to cheat. When the students cheat, how would you think they would do it. Of course, they would have their handy phones out to help them on the test. This does seem unfair and it really is. Think about the people who were studying for hours at a time and get a lower score than someone who played on his or her phone all day. I happened to see this first hand. I was studying for this chem test I had for hours the night before. Another student in my class had been fooling around for the last couple of days, sleeping at almost 4 am because of his addiction to games. But on the day of the test, he would whip out his phone and search up the answers on his phone. As we get our scores back from the teacher,he had gotten a score similar or even higher than mine.

Even though I said that there are so many people out there who use their phone too often, I am one of those people. I could be in class and occasionally catch myself using my phone. Even when I should be studying for the SAT or a physics test, I would always take a “five minute break on my phone” which would always result in a hour of unproductive time. And even while I am studying, I would have headphones on, listening to music or watching some show. So even with all this, I wouldn’t say that cell phones are necessarily bad. They help us call our close friends and family during times of need, talk to distant relatives, or even connect with peers. It isn’t the phone itself that is the root of this evil but rather the amount we use it. I have recently tried to reduce the amount of time that I am on my phone by placing time limits on it. I found myself to be way more productive: effectively finishing my homework on time, studying, and relaxing on my own time. Therefore, it is important that we control how much time is put into using a cell phone and keep at in moderation. There is a time to lay back and a time to be productive. The differentiation is peril and must be in check for students, rather all people to be efficient in their work.

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