Should the Adults in Your Life Be Worried by How Much You Use Your Phone?

Do you think the way you use your phone on a typical day makes your life better?

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  1. I mainly use my phone to watch Netflix and Youtube. I probably spend about two hours on school days and four to eight hours on the weekends. My parents do think I spend a lot of time on my phone and they tell me to put it down and read a book instead. I personally think I maintain a good balance between my phone and other activities.

  2. When using my phone, it'll probably be about relaxing rather then work. However, whenever it is for something important I've felt that it's a lifesaver that I am happy to have. While sometimes my phone may control me with my decision, I am glad to still use it whenever I can use it as a way to do something important. So overall, I believe parents, including adults in general, should not worry for students using phones.

  3. I spend most of my time on Netflix and social media when I am on my phone. I don't think I spend too much time on my phone to the extent that I don't get enough sleep.I try to set limits on my phone so I can balance other activities in my life too.

  4. I understand the concern in the mental health problems that have arisen in the younger generation that grew up with smartphones. However, it also shows that there is no direct link or evidence that could prove a cause and effect relationship. So, I believe that more research should be done to learn more about the mental health of students. Whether it is related to cellphone use or not, we should learn more about the increasing number of people with mental health issues.

  5. I mainly spend my time on my phone for social media. I rarely spend time playing games and I usually am on Twitter. I use it because I know what is going on in the world and it is right in my pocket. My phone does have a positive effect on my well being as I can check something. It does have a negative effect also because I will spend more time on my phone than I think. Then I forget that I have homework and then I stay up longer than I would wish. My dad does not like it when I am on my phone but in this day and age it is almost necessary to have one.

  6. I usually use my phone for social media and to message my friends. I think that using your phone can have its problems but as long as you manage your time and know your limits, it is fine. Having a phone is like having a small computer in your pocket at all times. How can one not be on their phone with all the apps that come along with it? I think that many people see phones as a distraction but I think that the positives outweigh the negatives.

  7. @Joshua I share a similar view, I do think that problems with distractions can come along with a having a phone, but this pails in comparison to the benefits that smartphones can provide. I find myself using my phone to stay organized; with the reminder app. Also, I feel safer when I have my phone because I can contact anyone and have direct access to maps. I do fall victim to procrastinating, but I use apps that restrict my access to social media during study time. This helps immensely and I recommend this to everyone struggling with distraction.

  8. The phone usage among students has increased (myself included), but isn't this reasonable? Introducing new forms of communication, ways of collaboration, and how to interact with your peers is now more present than ever. We're always advancing, old methods being replaced with newer ones. I think we should take into account about how phones positively impact us instead of focusing on how negative they can be. Of course, there's so many reasons why excessive phone usage is damaging, but we have to factor in every single other reason that affects the student as well. We need to stop blaming the phone and using the use of technology as an excuse for how we act. It needs to not be our first instinct.

  9. I understand the concern that many adults have due to over usage of our cellular devices as a teenager. I think it varies for every teenager because there are some teenagers who do develop depression, anxiety or other mental illnesses due to social media, but there also teenagers that use their phone to read the news and stay updated with society. In conclusion, I do agree that the phone should still be used in a moderation because it is never good to rely too much on a cellular device.

  10. I use my phone to watch Youtube. I spend a lot of my time using technology.My parents do think I spend a lot of time on my pc /phone and they tell me to put it down and read a book instead. I know i spend a lot of my time on tech but i manage my workload enough so i have the time to spend.

  11. I usually am on my phone throughout the day. But my parents hate when i'm on my phone constantly. I just mainly use it for you tube or Netflix and school work. I don't use it for social media or games and stuff like that. During school I just have it with me at all times so I can check my grades and use it for school apps. But even though I use my phone for good purposes on a dad to day basis i do get carried away and and i might be thinking i was on my phone for only an hour time goes by quickly and it could have been two and a half hours that passes by and I haven't realized that i just wasted so much time when i could be doing other things.

  12. I think adults should be worried about how much their child is on their phone. If my child was constantly on their phone I would be mad because it is disrespectful when you are with someone and they won’t get off their phone. I get offended and annoyed when my friends are on their phones instead of talking to me and I wouldn’t want to be that rude to someone so if my parents told me I shouldn’t be on my phone I think that’s a good thing. Parents are supposed to teach their children how to talk, walk, and ride a bike, they should teach them proper manners and to not go be on your phone for too long. Young kids especially seem to cling to their iPads and devices as if they need it to survive, and I think that introducing children to technology so young is not a smart idea because once they get older they will cling to their phones like that and will constantly rely on having a phone or device with them.

  13. My average screen time is about 40 minutes per week. I typically look at news, talk with my relatives in China through WeChat, or go on Youtube to watch cooking videos. I don’t have any games on my phone. My phone does help me build my Chinese skills when texting in WeChat. On WeChat, I can also build relationships with my relatives and friends that I cannot meet face-to-face. However, my parents are still very worried about my time on my phone. That’s because I have glasses, and my eyesight has been worsening every year. They express their concern by speaking my name in a warning tone when they think I’ve been on my phone long enough. I listen to them, because I know that they are trying to do the best for them. The phone gets in the way of the relationship between my friends and I. Some of my friends only talk about their games on their phone, and it’s very frustrating when you can’t relate to what they are talking about.

  14. My average screen time is probably about 12 hours a day.. I worry a lot about how much time I spend on my phone. But the way I socialize is through my phone. I use social media to communicate, and I have to use my phone to make calls and text. But whenever I have to study, I pull out my phone and go on it for about an hour. I do not really spend time with my family because they do not spend time with me. They each have their own business to mind and so do I. When it is time to go to sleep, I go on my phone in the dark with dark mode on. My bed has my charger connected to it so I can easily stay up all night. I want to remove it but because I am so addicted to my phone, I do not. One time I fell asleep at 2 am because I was on my phone, and it made me extremely tired (this was on a school night). I try sleeping at around 10 pm-12 am now and it is getting better, but my sleep schedule on the weekends is a mess.

  15. My average screen time is probably about 12 hours a week.. I worry a lot about how much time I spend on my phone. But the way I socialize is through my phone. I use social media to communicate, and I have to use my phone to make calls and text. But whenever I have to study, I pull out my phone and go on it for about an hour. I do not really spend time with my family because they do not spend time with me. They each have their own business to mind and so do I. When it is time to go to sleep, I go on my phone in the dark with dark mode on. My bed has my charger connected to it so I can easily stay up all night. I want to remove it but because I am so addicted to my phone, I do not. One time I fell asleep at 2 am because I was on my phone, and it made me extremely tired (this was on a school night). I try sleeping at around 10 pm-12 am now and it is getting better, but my sleep schedule on the weekends is a mess.

  16. I think that the adults in my life should not be worried about my phone usage and screen time. I don't find that my phone increases my anxiety levels. On the contrary, when I have my phone taken my anxiety goes up. This is because I think my friends are trying to contact me and I get FOMO because I can't see what they're saying. Also, my parents have some unreasonable rules about my phone. Whenever I'm sick, the first thing they do is take my phone away. This seems like they think the phone is causing the illness (which it isn't.)

  17. People tend to say I have a problem with my phone because on an average school day I use my phone for 8 hours and about 15-16 hours. My average screen time is usually about 10 hours during a school week and 14 hours during periods of absence such as Winter break. I spend about 8 hours a day during breaks on apps like Tik Tok, Instagram, and Netflix. My parents don't really care too much for how much I use my phone because I get all my school work done on time and maintain good grades, so they know that my phone isn't holding me back from doing my best. However there was this one instance where I got a low B on my test and they got mad because I said that I had no homework the night before we took the test, so they took my phone from me for a day. Aside from that, my screen time doesn’t concern them.

  18. I just got a new phone for Christmas and over break, I used it a lot and I got a lot of screen time. But now, I have a lot of schoolwork and things to go to and I have been really busy and even when I have free time, I don’t spend it playing on my phone. Right now, my average screen time per day is 24 minutes because of homework and stuff, but also because I spend my free time on my computer or watching TV (or watching stuff on Netflix on my computer) but also, for some reason I have been trying to cut down on phone use. My parents don’t really worry about it that much because I’m not on my phone that much but sometimes they do tell me to get off my phone if they think I’ve been using it too much. For me, using my phone has mainly positive effects because when I’m playing on my phone, it is during free time so there is no stress about homework and it makes me generally happier. I don’t hang out with my friends that much, so phone use has no effect on that. My parents won’t let me get social media, so there aren’t really any negative effects of phone use.

  19. I spend too much time on my phone. I sometimes think about how much I am on my phone and I’m disgusted with how much time I feel like I’m wasting. But the truth is, I do a lot more than scroll through social media or watch stupid videos on my phone. My phone is a portable library that carries all of my favorite books on it. And those stupid videos and posts sometimes completely change my day for the better. In total, my phone is probably a net negative for me just because I could be spending more time reading an actual book or finishing homework early rather than using my time watching or playing video games. Sure, I connect with friends and family a lot through my phone, but the trade-off of the massive amounts of time lost sometimes stresses me out and cramps my schedule. Nathaniel Popper does say that smartphones don’t cause depression and anxiety, which I agree with as I do not have depression or anxiety, but what is not said is that phones can still cause a lot of stress. Simply by using your phone, you are losing time that you could be doing something constructive or finishing an assignment. I would guess that the phone is the most common tool for procrastination, and procrastination inevitably leads to stress and therefore loss of sleep.

  20. @Mason Evans you have a good point in that phones consume most of our days. Right now, on an iPad it is ore apparent to me than ever that I spend most of my day behind a screen. I’m only not on my phone durning some classes and during work. While the anxiety part I have a different stance. While no, phones can’t be directly the 100% cause of anxiety and depression I know several people with these conditions and online bulling or stressful texts can increase levels of anxiety. Along with online posts that might spark controversial discussions. While at he same time social media is a great time to relax an expressive yourself and this time should not be taken for granted.

  21. My parents definitely do have the right to be concerned about what I use my phone for, but I don’t think my phone is malicious as it could be. I use my phone to browse the internet, read articles or comics, and contact other people. This is all great, but this can turn it into a big distraction that can get into school time. Considering that my phone can be a giant time sink, it can get in the way. I can’t say that my phone causes anxiety or depression, mainly because I don’t participate in social media, but I can say that my phone may cause a little sleep deprivation, not because I stay up late because of that, but because using electronics before sleeping can make it harder to fall asleep. My parents haven’t interjected with my phone use, as nothing terrible has happened with me using it. If someone is having bad side effects with their phone, I think they should moderate their usage of their phone.

  22. While I understand the concern that parents currently have for their children regarding how long they spend on their phones, I do not believe that this should be an area for concern. For me personally, I am on my phone a lot, because it allows me to do many things in my life that I would not have been able to do otherwise. I have friends that I have met from around the country and my phone, whether it be through messages or Snapchat, allows me to keep in touch with them. Additionally, I use my phone to listen to music for hours a day. Music helps me focus while doing individual work in class and homework. Finally, a lot of our school work and homework are online now, and I can do homework anywhere thanks to my phone. To reiterate the main purpose of this response, I don’t think parents have reason for concern because much of the time that teens spend on their phones is not on one app or activity, but instead on many apps that allow them to be more productive and keep in touch with people.

  23. The idea that phones are dangerous to health is simply not founded in reality. The article itself illustrates how there are no concrete links between health and phone use, and the few examples of physical danger are not the fault of phone specifically. The WHO claim that phones should not be near infants is not a fault of phones, but a fault of bright things in general. Infants are fragile, including the cones in their eyes, so all lights hurt them. Social media does a more effective job at connecting the public, which would help reduce anxiety and depression, not increase it. Speaking personally, I can recall many times in which social media has helped me feel less lonely than I otherwise would have been. I have severe anxiety, so the idea of socializing with people in a less formal setting, such as in a lunchroom, or outside of class is terrifying to me. So, as a result, I am often alone during these periods. I’ll go off and find my own corner, and I sit and have to watch as those around me have fun with their friends and socialize. I have gone through this process near-daily for ten years, and I am confident that without social media to fall back on, I would have been driven mad. Social media makes me feel as though there are people out there I can talk to, and that I can control the conversation however I like. I can have friends that I respond to at my own pace, leaving me room to better formulate my responses.

  24. The article says how there are no issues that links between health and phone use, and the few examples of physical danger are not the fault of phone specifically. The claim that phones should not be near infants is not a problem that should be on phones, but a problem of bright things in general. Infants are fragile, including the cones in their eyes, so all lights hurt them. Social media does a more effective job at connecting the public, which would help reduce anxiety and depression.

  25. This article attempts to highlight the connection between smartphones and teens having anxiety or depression. Although I agree teens use their phones a lot, adults are starting to become more dependent on phones as well. I disagree that social media is linked to anxiety or depression because 40 studies show the evidence is “small and inconsistent.” I also disagree because I am a teenager with a social media account, but I do not have anxiety or depression. After conversing with other teenagers my age, I have not noticed or picked up on a teen with anxiety or depression. However, I’ve noticed that teenagers specifically girls that have teenage drama claim they have depression, when they are really just being dramatic and the problem is fixed next week. The article points out that phones limit interaction time , valuable activities , and sleep deprivation. Phones don’t limit interaction time because even though we aren’t talking face to face we are still talking. Parents that stress over phone usage, chores, and grades are what limit interaction time with their children.

  26. I do spend a lot of time on my phone like 4 or 5 hours every day it just depend on the amount of stuff I have to do. I basically watch YouTube, social media, and reading. My parent didn't want me to play games on my phone but allow me to watch videos. Well I think that phone do have some negative and positive effect. The negative effects are spending less time with family, sometimes lost track of time. But phone also has some positive effects like entertainment. For some people, phone are addicting and yes, I always wanted to lower my screen time, I always said to myself that i will lower my screen time but at the end i spend the same amount of time as yesterday. Of course, my parent are always worried about how phone can affected our grade and future. My parent said that you can get lazy. I believe that phone can increase anxiety, depression and sleep deprivation among teenagers. Because i normally go to bed at 9 but because i have my phone i fall asleep at 11. The whole 2 hours I was on my phone.

  27. i personally believe that parents should be worried about the amount of time there kids on there phones but to an extent. If your child is only focusing on there electronics and not focusing on school at all then you have a reason to be worried. But if your child is doing good in school and you always see them on there phone don't just assume that, that's all the focus.

  28. personally I spend a lot of time on my phone, and almost always I feel that time i spent enjoying, is not wasted time, though many adults refuse to think so. Many adults that I know continually try to control my usage of my phone, though i am not worried. i simply try to continue to use my phone as a tool to reach the goal they would like me to reach.

  29. I think adults should not be that worried about how much teenagers use their phones. Although we use are phones a lot, it's not all bad. We use our phone and technology for good things such as contacting family and friends. I think technology and phones are more of a good thing then a bad thing.

  30. I don't think the amount that someone uses their phone is any cause for concern. There's no direct link between any health problems and phone usage and phones allow you to do so many things that you usually wouldn't be able to do while not at a computer. Along with the productivity benefits, phones allow you to connect to people while not being near them. If you're ever feeling lonely or want to talk to someone, the solution is only a tap away.

  31. I think that it is quite hypocritical that Adults tell children not to use their phones that much, due to the fact that they use their phone around the same time as teenagers do. Secondly, if the adult gives the child the phone they shouldn't be restricting it. Its best not to give a phone at all if all they're going to do is put restrictions and frustrating the child. Social Media is a good place for kids to learn and connect with one another, and if adults try and remove that, aren't they removing their access from the outside world?

  32. @meera I can see that you feel very strongly about having the right to use your phone however you deem appropriate. I personally did not get a cell phone until freshman year of high school because doing a sport necesitated a way to contact my parents to be picked up from school. Despite not having access to the "outside world" through an electronic device, like you discussed in your comment, I still did not feel like I really missed out on anything of importance. In fact, I realize now that virtually no memorable experiences were ever conducted on my phone: there can be no replacement for the real world. So I beseech you, go out into the real world, spend some time with friends while you still can, those will be the most memorable experiences you will have. You may not remember that fantastic Drake meme ten years from now but you will most certainly remember the people you met and the great times you had with them.

  33. Speaking honestly children should be supervised when spending time on their electronics because it affects their over all health. If we look at our surroundings we see 2 year old playing on a tablet. It's getting harder for kids to control themselves and it should be our job to do so in order for them to be mentally and physically healthy.

  34. @Bella I agree! It can really affect your health. It's crazy how a little screen can make you feel.

  35. I think adults should really only be worried if it reaches to a point where there on their phone all the time and are basically not socializing at all. But if its like 2-3 hours a day i think you shouldn't try punish them at all. It all really depends on how they socialize in general and if they're doing terrible in school due to the reason of it being the phone (not because of another thing).

  36. I believe there are certain expectations, to see if parents should/should not take away your phone. If you're on your phone all day and you have bad grades, then parents should be worried. If you have good grades, and you spend you're time on the phone all day, then your parents should be fine with it.

  37. @apa37 I totally agree!!

  38. I think that there are a few ways to look at this question. But in my opinion, it is not so black and white. I think that there are a few ways to look at this question. But in my opinion it is not so black and white. I like to stand in the middle on this topic. I think that if the child is managing their work, activity, and responsibilities while finding time to be on their phone parents should possibly back off from telling them. But if their child is struggling because of how much they are using their phone that is when the parent should step in.

  39. @Isabelle Better I agree that if your child isn't doing well in school that there should be restrictions and if the parent wont step in, the child will be worse off for it.

  40. I have noticed that there are some kids who play on their phone and do just fine in school and in other activities but if your child is on their phone too much and is not doing well in school or in other social activities there should be some restrictions. I personally play on my phone and I'm doing more than well in school but if I were to ever slip up on my grades I know for a fact that my parents would step in a set some restrictions. I wonder what our government thinks about this topic.

  41. @Daniel Guy I completely agree with you. Parents should only take away phones or be worried about them if it is affecting the way their child performs in either school or the way it affects their mood. If it becomes too much of a problem then yes they should be concerned. If it's not a problem then let them be.

  42. I have owned a phone since the sixth grade. As time goes on and I have reflected on the effects of technology, and I have determined that adults should not be concerned with use of phones. Yes, there are times where people are on them too much, and that excessive use can be bad just because you are being lazy and antisocial. However, there are so many benefits when using a phone healthily. For example, you can learn a lot of new things, whether it be news, recipes, facts, etc. Also, you can side support outlets. I, personally, have found this super helpful.

  43. There’s so many different ways and sides to be on when answering this question. Part of me thinks it’s an issue and adults should be concerned. There are times I am so infatuated with some stupid video on my phone, that I can’t even concentrate on what’s going on around me. I’ll have an aching head ache. But when it comes to my phone, I have no self control. Sometimes the best times and memories I have had happened when I put my phone down and just lived in the moment. The other part of me thinks adults need to relax when it comes to phones. Our world is full of technology these days. Almost everything is found online. News, homework and so much more, I hate when an adult feel the need to make a comment about me being on my phone. Especially when the time is completely appropriate. Adults grew up in a time with no technology, they don’t understand how important it is in our generation. It’s a lose lose situation. Maybe one day we can all agree on it.

  44. On an average a typical day, I would probably spend around 3 hours on my phone just doing and looking at random things like Instagram, Youtube and playing games on my phone. I don’t really think that this affects me negatively nor positively during the day. I still keep a regular sleep schedule and get all of my work done on time.

  45. It can be hard to really determine if being on a phone really impacts people, especially teenagers. I have had my phone since sixth grade and I honestly spend more time than I should on it. I think that as kids get older, there should less concern. But I also think it really depends on the kid and how they are behaving with that phone. Sometimes, if the kid is starting to become a little lazy and antisocial, or lacking in their everyday activities, I think that should bring up some restrictions by parents. But if the child is doing completely fine and not really changing in behavior all that much, parents should have to supervise as much. While, I do spend a lot of time on my phone, It hasn’t affected my social life or my mental health. I do understand why people think that spending too much time can start to have harmful effects on mental health due to social media and it’s influence. If kids and learn to be responsible and manage their time off and on their phone, there should not be a huge worry from adults.

  46. The argument around the issues of cell phones is an interesting one, because almost every pro also has an equally arguable con directly relating to it, and vice versa, that you don't see in most issues. That isn't to say other issues don't have their pros and cons, but that they aren't usually so directly related to each other. Personally, my cell phone use fluctuates dramatically. I've taken to tracking it with an app recently, and the extremes range from 17 seconds to 11 hours per day. I don't usually feel like I've wasted my time, because a lot of my time is spent reading, or catching up on current events, or just putting together a Pinterest board/watching Netflix (both of which I find very relaxing). I've noticed that many of the apps or sites I use on a regular basis have a calming effect on me, rather than the panicky effect most adults seem to think they have. On many social media platforms, for example, you are the one to choose what your feed looks like. If you follow people who make you feel insecure, it's no wonder you're anxious. Many online communities are actually very inclusive and caring. There is only one app I remember using recently that made me feel anxious or unhappy, and that app is TikTok. I like the point that the article raised, that teens probably turn to their phones as a distraction from the many other issues looming over our generation. At least in my experience, I've found that to be very true. .

  47. In the usual day, I’ll spend about 4 - 6 hours on my phone. Most of this time is spent on watching videos, browsing Reddit, or looking at the internet. I really enjoy learning new things, and often when I’m on my phone, I’m doing some research into a topic that I enjoy. Being on my phone and connected to the internet, I feel a lot more in tune with what is going on in the world, such as the new corona-virus, or the 2020 presidential elections. I don’t really feel like they have any negative things, because all the information that I might be worried about on my phone would likely show up in a newspaper the next day. Overall, I feel like if you are using your phone for something generally productive, then it is okay to be using it for longer periods of time.

  48. For me, I tend to use my electronics for about 2-3 hours a day, depending on homework and the like, and I usually spend the time watching YouTube or playing games. In my opinion, I believe my electronics to be beneficial and positive, as they relax me and allow for a temporary yet almost complete relief of most stressors. As for isolation, I feel that my technology helps to make me feel more connected and most of all, not alone, not to mention the plethora of resources online and around. As for negative effects however, the worst I’ve ever experienced was a headache or too. Being online helps me feel relaxed, connected, and happy, and if anything calms me down and helps me to get to sleep. While yes, I’m sure that I do spend too much time with my technology, such cases only lead to less studying time, less exercise, maybe less family time, but rarely anything else other than that. I do personally try to limit how much time I spend with tech, but not nearly as much as my parents try to. As far as they are concerned, most of the time recreational technology use is equivalent to getting a detention at school; that is to say they tend to hate it. In this line of thought they usually institute restrictions and in my opinion do so too much, however it is but a minor annoyance to me. Overall, I agree with the analogy of a mirror: “(it’s) just a mirror that reveals the problems a child would have even without the phone.”

  49. Although I find it shameful to admit, I spend hours upon hours on my phone every day. Although I may not be directly looking at my phone, as I am usually listening to music, I am still using my phone. I wouldn’t say this is necessarily a good or a bad thing it is just the reality of the situation. What I do know from personal experience is that there are positives and negatives to using my phone so much. I find I sometimes get headaches, it may become a distraction from schoolwork, and it does isolate me from others at times. However, it also allows me to pursue my passions of music, art, and magic. Do the positives out weigh the negatives? I don’t know. What I do know is that yes, I should probably use my phone less but without it I wouldn’t have met people that mean a lot to me, my life wouldn’t be filled with so much music which is a beautiful outlet for emotions, and I would possibly feel more isolated without learning about and joining some of the communities that media outlets have to offer.

  50. On school days I average 2 hours 30 minutes. On weekends I average 3 hours on my phone and 2-5 hours on my Xbox as well as an hour or 2 on the computer. My phone is mostly for memes and some games like Tetris or 8-ball as well as listening to music. I only play it when I have nothing else to do. Like I’m on the train or in the car. I play my Xbox every morning when I wake up and am waiting for my parents to get outta bed. The computer is mostly for homework and youtube. My parents don’t let me have any social media really but I do think having a phone is good for socializing. It also connects me to the rest of the world and gives me resources and access o stuff I usually wouldn’t have. As I said I don’t have any social media so I don’t get anxiety or get insecure about stuff from the internet, but I understand that other people might get affected in these ways so if you’re feeling insecure just try to put your phone down for a couple days. My parents limit my screen time through the screen time app on my phone and they will take my phone as a punishment if I misbehave but I don’t necessarily think that they are worried about how much I use my phone.

  51. Over this past year I have found that I am spending more time on my phone than I used to. I have had a phone since sixth grade, but my first phone was a blackberry so I didn’t spend much time on it. Since I got an iPhone, I have spent more time on my phone because of social media apps. I caught myself on multiple occasions telling myself “only 15 more minutes and then I’ll start my homework,” but then I end up spending 30 minutes on my phone. When I have tried to use my phone less I end up watching tv, so I just go from one type of a screen to the next. One downside to phones is that we use them to escape conversations. When people can’t find anything to talk about they just look at their phones to escape the awkwardness that is a result of the silence.

  52. My phone screen time is never a concern for me or my parents. Getting my phone taken away is never a punishment, knowing that I do not value my screen time as much as I value other things like my skateboard. Most of the time I’m outside playing soccer or skating at a park with my friends. Some days I am on my phone facetiming people and sometimes texting others. Other days, like the weekend, the majority of my screen time comes from Instagram. As of right now, my daily average is one hour and 15 minutes, which will most certainly change dramatically over the weekend.

  53. I think that in some ways it could be good for adults to monitor how much children are on their phones today. However, who is going to monitor the adults? What I have noticed while growing up in this world of technology, is that so many adults around me are on their phone just as often as the Children. So, I think, in general, everyone should supervise themselves so that they don’t spend their entire life looking at a screen. So many important memories and events can be missed if we never look up. However, I also acknowledge how important technology is in our society today. I think it can be difficult to stay away from our phones when everyone around you is on their phones. Now, I’m not sure how negative the effects of being on our phones are, but I don’t think there is much of a way to avoid them as technology continues to grow its influence across the world. So, I think we have to accept technology’s role and try to be as responsible with it as we can.

  54. I usually only spend 15 minutes to half an hour on my phone each day, depending on the amount of homework I have. I typically play video games because my parents don’t really want me to have social media. I find that having a phone sometimes distracts me from my work because I can’t resist the temptation, and then it gets later and I still have homework to do. But I feel as though I have strengthened my willpower and can avoid using my phone. I do not think that my parents should be worried about how much I use my phone because I use it responsibly.

  55. My parents worry about how much time I spend on my phone. They have expressed their concerns by saying that I can only use screens on the weekend and during the week if it is for school, music, or communicating with my friends. Even during the weekend, I am only allowed to play video games for one to two hours each day. I am ok with the no weekday policy, but sometimes, when I don't have much homework, I wish I could play on my phone or play video games. I am pretty lucky, though because some of my friends only get one to two hours per weekend as a total. I disagree with the amount of screen time on the weekends though. I wish I could have more because even though it may be addicting, it is becoming a part of life now and we should embrace it, not push it away.

  56. Even though my screen time seems pretty high with an average of 6-8 hours I can cut that down to 1-3 hours. Since I live far from school commute from school is about three hours so already 3-5 hours excess. Then after school I call my friends for about two hours for homework help which limits itself to 1-3 hours per day. My parents say I’m on my phone too much where my friends are on their phones at least two more hours than me.

  57. I personally only spend 3-4 hours on my phone, notice how I said only. It is alarming how long some of my friends stay on their phones. One of my friends was on their phone for 24 hours straight! My screen time compared to my friends is on the lower side but, I think it is still unhealthy at this point it is a borderline addiction. It’s not like I am doing something productive with those 3-4 hours because I play unproductive games and, I could be using that time to do more productive things, like studying for a test next week or reading about the world. Instead, I decide to play Call of Duty mobile.

  58. On an average school day, I spend about six to seven hours on my phone, which sounds like a lot, but to me, it isn’t a lot when I realize what I do. After I get home from school, which is around 4:00 pm, I eat a meal, then I go and do homework. I usually talk with my friends while doing homework and we help each other out for a couple hours, probably until 7:30 or 8:00 on some days. That’s about three hours on my phone because I am talking with my friends, and another three or four hours doing other things, like YouTube. However, on a weekend, I use my phone a lot more. Apparently, it jumps to ten hours a day. I definitely think that ten hours in a day is a problem, and I should definitely use my phone much less on a weekend because I really don’t do much. However, it doesn’t seem like it is doing anything to me. I have always had a bit of anxiety and stress and stuff like that, and I use my phone a lot to talk to my friends, so it doesn’t seem like it has that much of a negative effect. Also, I don’t feel anxious, depressed, lonely, or sleep-deprived using my phone. Sometimes, I do worry that I go on my phone too much, but I don’t think it interferes with that much. I am able to talk to my friends because of my phone, I study with them, I still have time with my family, and I still get a good amount of sleep. I don’t think my phone negatively influences me that much.

  59. Parents tend to assume that the origin of our stress and anxiety is smartphones and social media. For me personally I do not believe this is so. Social media is more of an outlet for expression and a source of connection to your peers. More stressful things come with being a teenager that has caused a lot of stress and anxiety. Parents should be less focus on believing smartphones cause anxiety and stress and instead focus on protecting kids on the internet. New technology is very hard to avoid nowadays. Instead of trying to push it away we should embrace the changes in the world and try to make it safer for new generations. On the other hand, I do agree smartphones can be very distracting in our lives. It can be difficult to try to focus with your smartphone next to you. In that way I think my generation should have more separation from our phones. Smartphones though, are not a cause of anxiety or stress, but instead a way to relieve some anxiety and stress.

  60. For this week I have spent an average of an hour and thirty-four minutes. I am usually on facetime with friends or on social media, such as Instagram or Snapchat. On weekends or days off I spend more time on my phone since I have more free time. My screen time in the summer is always very high, because I’m not at school for over half the day. But since school has started, I’m not on my phone constantly, I’m mostly on my computer doing school work and even playing games. My parents do not worry much about my phone use and more about my school work. As long as my homework is done, they could care less about how much time I spend on my phone.

  61. I think that I spend a little too much time on my phone per day. And by a little, I mean a lot. I’m not sure my average but I know I could be going to bed a lot earlier and get my work done quicker if I just put it down. I do many things on my phone like text people, snapchat, play games, and so on. I think it does have a positive benefit on my well being because without it, I would not have friendships and relationships I have today. The negative effects it has on me is time usage and keeping me from doing work and going to bed on time. I am worried about being on my phone too much but I don’t think it interferes with me being social, especially in this day and age. I have tried to keep it upstairs while I do work but I always somehow manage to find an excuse to need it. My parents do not worry about how much time I spend on my phone, they know I have work to do and that I do get it done and if that results in less sleep, that is my problem, not theirs. I am not sure which side I agree with in the argument because I think it depends on how you are using the phone. You can use it to socialize but if you are obsessed with it, bad things can derive from it.

  62. Parents should supervise what their kids do on their phones. Major apps like YouTube can have harmful videos such as the Tide Pod challenge. These types of dangerous challenges may encourage kids to try the behaviors for themselves. If kids try out these "dares" for themselves, they could end up in the emergency room.

  63. According to the report on my phone, last week, it said I spent an average of 4 hours and 45 minutes a day on my phone. To me, it feels as though it’s too much to be spending time on your phone in one day. I’m aiming for at least 3 hours a day. There are only 24 hours in a day, 8 of those you need to sleep, another 8 is for school, so you only have 8 hours left in your day. This is just an estimation but it’s pretty close. Why would you spend those hours just wasting time on your phone when you could be doing something else like house chores or practicing a sport. I usually just use my phone to play games, read comics, communication, and a little for social media. I do agree that my phone does make me lose a little bit of sleep since sometimes I’m on Webtoons and I’m just reading webcomics. Because my parents aren’t technologically advanced, they don’t put limits on my phone. But instead, my mom would hide my phone and iPad so I wouldn’t find it. I always put my phone on silent so even if I call it, I won’t be able to hear it. I don’t go find it anyways because that would just be a waste of time. If I’m not on my phone, then I’ll be on my computer. I’m trying my best to limit my computer time as well. I believe that you can accomplish anything as long as you put your mind to it. It’s just that when we say it’s impossible then it becomes impossible.

  64. My parents are extremely worried about how much time I spend on electronics. I do admit that I spend a little too much time on my laptop. It doesn’t cause me anxiety or anything. In fact, it actually makes me feel better because it takes my mind off of school work, which is really what stresses me out. My parents are worried because of the effects of spending so much time looking at a screen and not so much about anxiety. They’re always afraid that I’ll go blind one day from looking at my laptop all the time. They do limit my time on my laptop, however, not so much my phone. I’m not allowed to go on my laptop Monday thru Thursday because they know I like my laptop much more than my phone. They describe it as an “unhealthy drug.”

  65. I don’t use my phone too much but I still think I could spend less time on it. I always have time to do my homework and I even leave some time if some emergency happens. On weekends and nights when I don’t have a lot of homework I do use my phone a lot but I don’t think it’s a serious problem. On some days I spend a lot of time on the phone just facetiming people to study or do homework together. I feel some people od have serious problems with using their phones too much but I know some people need there phone so they don’t feel isolated. I don’t have this problem and I think I know my limits which I think is important because you have to have limits on the time you spend on your phone or else you miss out on everyday activities.

  66. I’m willing to admit that I spend around one and a half hours on my phone every day. As terrible as that sounds, more than half of that time is used for homework, writing, and using my meditation app. I don’t think it’s fair that phones can be blamed for mental health issues when it’s really all anxiety, often caused by school, pressing environmental problems, and social issues.

  67. My first friend was an online friend. I was in fifth grade and I was obsessed with Hamilton, and would spend hours reading about and listening to the songs. My family was on vacation in WildWood, and we were living in a small hotel. I was swimming in the pool and a kid came up to me, and I found out we both liked Hamilton a lot, so we started talking. At the end of the vacation the kid told me her email and we started texting on hangouts. We still text to this day. My phone played a big part in letting me stay in touch, and it built my relationship with her. Last summer I went to a summer camp for 4 weeks, and made a few friends there. Thanks to my phone, I still stay in touch. Whenever I feel lonely or sad, I can rant about it to my friends over text, and texting with them makes me feel better! I’ve had insomnia since I was a baby, and my thoughts always kept me up and tortured me. Now, I use my phone to ignore those thoughts, so instead of staring at the wall and listening to my thoughts tell me that everyone hates me, I can distract myself with an ebook until I feel tired. I think phones just show problems that kids have in a more obvious light, but they don’t instill those problems.

  68. I hate that I’m one of those teenagers who have a mini heart attack when they don’t feel their phone in their pocket. I know I’m not on my phone nearly as much as some of my peers, but even the time I do spend there I resent. Despite what the article says about technology not having any real negative influence on mental health, I can’t help but feel like it causes other problems. The way an abundance of sugary foods create cavities in our teeth, the overabundance of technology and social media has decayed our relationships and ability to interact. You can hardly share a meal with someone without them looking down at their phone at some point. We text and DM people when we have something to say, leaving behind outdated voice-calling and --gasp-- that archaic practice of talking in person. So much of communication is nonverbal. Many today struggle to maintain eye contact, pay full undivided attention to others, and meaningfully interact in person. Screens are our modern-day masks and boy, do we love hiding behind them. While maybe it is true that technology doesn’t directly connect to the rise in mental disease and anxiety, it leads to a host of other problems, most prominent among these being social decay.

  69. Being on your phone helps you you can learn from it and you also get exercise because you walk with your phone and you walk everyday like walking to school and running outside so it could sort of help you’re self being on your phone. PERIOD

  70. When your on your phone you also get exercise because you walk with your phone, you walk to school, and you run a lot like at recess so you might get enough exercise.PERIOD

  71. How much time do you spend on your phone on an average day? And, what do you typically do? On an average day I would spend around 6 to 7 hours on my phone and on my phone I usually just watch youtube videos, listen to music, and watching anime Are you ever worried that you spend too much time on your phone? Do you worry that it gets in the way of socializing with friends? With studying? With exercising? With spending time with family? Or with sleeping? Have you ever tried to spend less time on your phone? I am worried about myself spending too much time on my phone which usually interferes with me doing my homework and studying. I do try to stay away from my phone, but I would go right back the next day and because I'm on my phone so much I usually go to bed pretty late

  72. I believe adults should be worried about the amount of time children spend on their phones. I am a senior high schooler, and I’m on my phone for about 2-3 hours a day, but that’s gone far down since last year. During the first semester of my junior year, I felt so addicted to my phone that it ended up affecting my academic performance. I would stay up till 2:00 daily and would look on social media during school all the time. And this does make sense why I felt so addicted because when you’re on your phone a lot, it’s because looking at the phone releases dopamine in your brain causing you to want to look at it more and more. So at the start of the second semester, I made a conscious effort to stay off my phone more by deleting social media. It’s what I was on the most and being on it so much was not helping my mental health. And during that semester, my grades boosted up significantly (specifically in classes I struggled in a lot during the first semester) and my positivity spiked too. I didn’t feel glued to the phone at all and because of that, I felt purified. So yes, parents do need to be worried about how much time their children are on their phones. Being on it too much can cause an increase of stress, decrease in sleep, and most importantly; a decrease in performance, which at an early age for children is critical they start strong in academic-related areas.

  73. Should adults be worried about how much we use our phones? I think it really depends on the person. If someone is addicted to being on their phone to the point where they can hardly put it down, then maybe adults should be a little bit worried. On the other hand, there are some people that can just get on their phone to check something or just a little bit in their free time. If this is the case, then I don't think anyone should be worried. In my opinion, I think adults freak out about us being on our phones because it’s so different from how things were when they were teenagers. They didn’t all have their own cell phones they could just to spend their free time on. If they did, they would do the same thing we do.

  74. I personally use my phone a lot throughout my day, and aside from the snide remarks the parents usually make about using phones too much, there’s really been no attempt to make me spend less time on it. I think that the amount I use my phone doesn’t have any negative effects that I wouldn’t get if I were doing something like watching television all day, and in fact I believe that the positives outweigh some of the negatives that come from phone use. Things like connecting with anybody in the world, or learning about an event in the world minutes after it happens is what I believe makes phones so great. I think that if parents wanted their children to spend less time on their cell phones it is important that they make the other fun activities readily available, while not forcing them to partake in them.

  75. On an average day I most likely spend 7 hours on my phone. I am not ashamed of this either. I can honestly say that I am not addicted. When I do use my phone it is for calculator app, music, face timing/messaging/calling, and I go on social media not often. My mother believes that I spend way too much time facetiming my friends, but I don't see the problem. Most of the time we are doing a school project, or studying. For example, the other day i was n face time doing a math project that only one us us had access to, and she said it could be done without communication but it had to be. My phone does not specifically do anything bad or good for me, It’s just a thing that is there.On an average day I most likely spend 7 hours on my phone. I am not ashamed of this either. I can honestly say that I am not addicted. When I do use my phone it is for calculator app, music, face timing/messaging/calling, and I go on social media not often. My mother believes that I spend way too much time facetiming my friends, but I don't see the problem. Most of the time we are doing a school project, or studying. For example, the other day i was n face time doing a math project that only one us us had access to, and she said it could be done without communication but it had to be. My phone does not specifically do anything bad or good for me, It’s just a thing that is there.

  76. As the life of a teenager continues to increase in its complexity and demands, the resources and tools a smartphone can provide help keep teenagers grounded. So, before adults chastise us for our use of phones (while they're leveling up in Candy Crush) it's important to show that phones are very powerful tools, sometimes too powerful. With how many activities a teenager can be involved in these days, smartphones help make more productive use of their time, keeping up with meetings, get-togethers, and updates. Whether it be communicating with other club members, or simply catching up with friends, these communication tools help bring people closer without necessitating time-consuming travel. Yet, not all time on a smartphone is spent on productive activities. As a tool for communication and information, it's easy to get lost in a world of stimulation. I know personally, the depths of YouTube can suck me in for hours at a time. "Panicking About Your Kids’ Phones? New Research Says Don’t" does a great job of summarizing the consequences: "children who are on their phones too much can miss out on other valuable activities, like exercise." So yes, there is a reason for when adults' worry when they see us transfixed by our phones. Phones provide an easy solution to boredom and they're simply attempting to help us recognize whether we are effectively using our time. But at the same time, it's important for them to realize phones are often just another facet of our busy lives.

  77. Psychologist Jean Twenge claims that the rise in suicide and depression is linked to the rise of smartphones; however, I would argue that it is the specific apps that the user chooses to download on the phone that could make excessive phone use an issue. A notable example is social media, often causing a sense of inadequacy and alienation in its young users. In fact, a paper found that after eliminating social media in a group of subjects for three weeks, there was a notable decline in depression and feelings of loneliness, indicating that social media itself, rather than the phone, is oftentimes a source of depression. On the flip side, there are certain apps that the user can download that have a positive effect on the overall well-being of the user. Although it's true that excessive use of a phone can lead to being sedentary, there are exercise and healthy-eating apps that aim to combat this and promote physical well-being. On the same note, there are downloadable apps that ease the user of anxiety and depression, therefore enhancing the user's mental well-being. Above all, oftentimes excessive phone use is prevalent in the teenage population, which for many is a critical point in life. It's crucial that these teenagers become independent and learn how break away from cell-phone addiction, without the constant oversight and influence of their parents. The best way for a parent to prime their child for adulthood is to allow them to realize their dependence on their own.

  78. I would not consider myself one of those people who always feels the need to check my phone. To be fair I think if I had more free time I could easily turn into someone who feels that need. I think that in today's society people are truly addicted to their phones and although it is not considered one of the bigger world problems, I feel that it is. "The latest research, published on friday by two psychology professors, combs through about 40 studies that have examined the link between social media use and both depression and anxiety among adolescence". Although this evidence suggests that the physical nature of the phone might not be the source of the problem, what happens when using your phone frequently, in my experience, profoundly affects mood and self-confidence. Almost everything that kids my age do on their phones is directly related to what kind of attention it is going to draw from other kids. This kind of pressure and potential backlash is already prevalent at school, and does not need to be with you everywhere you go as well. This is the source of why youth depression and anxiety have risen in the recent years. So although as a parent, I wouldn't necessarily worry about the time my kid logs on his phone (unless excessive). It is important to teach your kid that what other kids think about what you post doesn't matter. The impressions you make on people outside the internet world matter. Social media can be a cool outlet , but don't let it be your life.

  79. On average, I typically spend an hour of my day on my phone, every day. I typically alternate between my different apps, responding to messages, emails, and sometimes calls, sometimes taking a couple of minutes to scroll through my socials and see what people are up to. I am adamant that my phone certainly does have positive effects on my day to day experience. It equips me with resources that I would otherwise have to struggle to find, and not only does it provide me with a way to catch up with others, or reach someone in a short amount of time, but it also gives me the means to develop myself professionally. For example, I can hop onto a virtual meeting while driving to work, getting a head start on the day and using my time up best. I can’t stress this enough: young people are using their phones in large part to help themselves grow. Having said that, yes, phones come with negative side effects, if used irresponsibly. Speaking from experience, I know that when we place our value and self worth in the hands of our social media status, when we use likes and comments as the currency of how much we are actually valuable, we do a huge disservice to our mental and emotional health. That’s why phone use isn’t so much the problem - it’s how the phone is being used. That’s what parents and peers need to monitor and recognize: damaging or unhealthy behavior or attachment to social networks.

  80. On an average day, I use my phone for about 5 and a half hours. In these 5 and a half hours I spend all my time connecting with people. Whether it would be praising my friends’ instagram posts, snapchatting friends who need advice or just to check in on their wellbeing, or facetime my friend who feels isolated in the world. These actions have had such a positive affect on my mental well-being cause my phone has allowed me to connect with people. I can develop healthy relationships with people across the world, and learn about different cultures by making new friends on social media. Social media has also helped me become a better world citizen as it has made ground breaking news more easily accessible to me. Educating about the hottest topics so that I may form my own opinions when it comes to discussing the world’s major issues. My phone also allows me to talk with my family who leaves halfway across the world, especially my mother in Dubai. Without my phone I would not have the great relationships I formed with my mother today. Although some may argue that phone usage has caused teenagers to form more anxiety and depression through the years, I argue that it is not the amount of time teenagers spend on it that causes it, it's the headlines they come across about the world’s state due to adult actions. Young adults are now rising up to become activist to fix these headlines and these may cause them to become sleep-deprived as they spend hours thinking about new solutions.

  81. For me, I think that I use electronic a bit too much and it is really a problem. I think that my parents should care more about how much time me and my siblings spend on electronics. They definitely address the problem a lot but they don’t really do anything that stops us from using electronics. Every once in a while they may take away all phones for like a day and I actually spend time with my siblings which is fun but after that we go back to constantly using electronics. And the fact that we have homework electronically does not make this problem any better. Staying on your phone for a long time causes you to cram homework or assignments last minute which causes stress. So electronics also indirectly cause stress and staying up on your phone is bad for your health because you are still young and need sleep.

  82. My phone does have a positive effect on my well being because I am an introvert and I get very nervous talking to people, but with my phone it makes easier to talk to people being afraid to mess up. Also, my siblings are a lot older than me and their twins so they like to be with each other a lot so my phone helps me talk to people and feel like i’m not always alone.

  83. One of the biggest debates circulating between kids and older generations is phone use. Every adult seems to have this image that phones can completely degrade a child’s mental health, making them constantly pressure children to put down their screens. However, they just use phones as an easy excuse to ignore the root of all these problems. Phones are tools, meaning their impact depends on the person using them. They’re not inherently good or bad. As new research indicates, phones simply act as a means of drawing out certain problems that already exist. There is no significant increase in depression, anxiety, eating disorders, or any other issue as a result of increased phone use. Almost every study I’ve read that tries to link the two together has a very flawed methodology that doesn’t prove any causation in the data, simply correlation. There are many reasons why mental health issues are rising in society today, and it just so happens that phone use is also on the rise. However, phones can actually be used as great tools for learning. People are more culturally aware and connected now more than ever because of how easy it is to meet new people and learn new things as a result of social media. In fact, I’m writing this on my phone for a class right now. Phones are only as healthy as the user allows them to be. It’s time for adults to stop blaming everything on phones and start thinking about what institutional problems are causing the surge in bad mental health.

  84. I use my phone less than many of my friends. I try to limit my screen time so that I have more time to spend on homework and with my family. I think that screens are an amazing way to connect with friends but at the same time, I have seen peoples feelings get hurt by screens. earlier today 3 of my friends were playing a 3 person game on their phones and 1 of my other friends got left out. In this way screens can hurt feelings.

  85. I’m willing to admit it, I probably spend too much time on my phone. On average, I spend about 4-6 hours on a school day and I consistently use more than 1 device. However, I also use it while doing other things (listening to music while doing homework, etc) I play games, watch youtube, scroll through social media, read, and do homework all on technology. It’s kind of hard for me to limit my usage since much of homework nowadays is digitized. After I’m done with homework I might take a break and play games or watch youtube On my daily commutes, I might take out my phone and scroll through social media. Since technology is so readily available, it is hard for someone like me to control how many hows I spend on my phone. Personally, I don’t see how technology has a negative effect on people. I understand that some people may feel lonely or isolated looking at social media, but I use it less as a way to interact with people, but as a way to cure my boredom. When I have nothing else to do, I can always go on my phone. Sometimes I feel as if I should do something more productive, but I don’t have much else to do.

  86. Phones play a huge role in today's day and age. People from the age of 8-80 have phones and the generation growing up right now has never known a time without them. Personally, my mom gets mad at me for how much I am on my phone and often says I am addicted to it. I do not agree with her whatsoever. We live in a very different time and are growing up very differently than how they grew up. I think parents need to understand that phones are just apart of our culture and they will be here for the rest of time. On the other hand, I think teenagers need to be able to communicate in real life and still have social skills. Some kids are so dependent on their phones and do not have the ability to communicate with their peers in real life. When it gets to be that bad, I think the parent should step in and limit the screen time. If it is not bad and the kid is just being on their phone like any other kid, parents need to understand that is how they are choosing to spend their free time.

  87. It would be safe to assume that I spend about 3 hours on my phone each day. I use this time to go on social media to see what others are talking about or to talk with the people I know. I don’t think that spending time on my phone has a very large impact on my well-being but it definitely keeps me in touch with my friends and helps with communication. The only negative effect I can think of when it comes to my phone is procrastinating on my homework and staying up later. Sometimes I wish that it was easier to just set down my phone and focus on my work or go to sleep. My parents used to limit the time on my phone but as I’ve gotten older they’ve grown more lenient. I am grateful that they have done this because it gives me an opportunity to try and limit my usage myself instead of relying on them to do it. Recently, I have been able to lower my usage without much trouble so I’m sure other people can too. All and all I think that phone usage for most people isn’t an issue but if it gets excessive they can cut back on their phone without too much effort.

  88. I feel that my phone aids me in establishing relationships and keeping organized. On an average day, I spend anywhere between two and three hours on my cell phone. This time is spent texting, emailing, and on my calendar. When I realize that my phone usage is too high, I reevaluate and limit my screen time so that I am taking time to be with people and accomplish my daily tasks. Some say phones increase depression while inhibiting responsibilities, but this is not true. Yes, excessive hours spent at once on the device make me feel disconnected and sad, but books do as well, yet my parents want me to read. My phone allows me to talk with others while growing and strengthening the relationships I have by sharing life. Granted, I do occasionally spend too long on TikTok, wasting time that I could’ve spent on more valuable things. However, I am trying to work as much as I “play.” I also have Gmail, calendar, and texting on my phone, allowing for easy communication and planning so I’m organized and on time. I spend a great deal of time organizing my life through this small device. My parents are constantly checking my screen time and monitoring how I spend my time. They address concerns to me frequently while sending articles about how technology is destroying my brain. This is unfair to me since I use my phone for friendships, organization, and destressing. Teenagers need to learn responsibility with devices, but phones can also be a great asset in life.

  89. The minute I notice my phone is missing, I panic. I stop everything I’m doing and search everywhere for it. I’m ashamed to say it has become a part of me, always in my pocket or my hand. Each week I cringe and quickly swipe away when the weekly usage report my iPhone gives me. Some evenings at my house consists of our family in the same room, each of us on our same devices. Adults should worry about cell phone usage, in both their life and their children’s lives. A part of the issue is that parents can use their devices just as much as the kids. Adults must realize that they too must change. If they take their kid’s phone away, they should put theirs away too. They should push their child to have real-life experiences, where words can’t be misinterpreted. I personally have not felt the allure of social media. It is constantly fleeting drama that everyone will forget in a few days. I have seen many friends get consumed by social media, spending hours upon hours a day, keeping up streaks or checking likes on a post. The mental health aspect is also important to me. The unrealistic expectations that constantly bombard our brains are very damaging. There is much good that our cellular devices provide. If I have any questions, I can pull up Google. The weather or the news is one tap away. I can contact loved ones who live many hours away. As useful as phones are, they will continue to have a negative impact until both adults and kids limit themselves on their devices.

  90. It would be safe to assume that I spend about 3 hours on my phone each day. I use this time to go on social media to see what others are talking about or to talk with the people I know. I don’t think that spending time on my phone has a very large impact on my well-being but it definitely keeps me in touch with my friends and helps with communication. The only negative effect I can think of when it comes to my phone is procrastinating on my homework and staying up later. Sometimes I wish that it was easier to just set down my phone and focus on my work or go to sleep. My parents used to limit the time on my phone but as I’ve gotten older they’ve grown more lenient. I am grateful that they have done this because it gives me an opportunity to try and limit my usage myself instead of relying on them to do it. Recently, I have been able to lower my usage without much trouble so I’m sure other people can too. All and all I think that phone usage for most people isn’t an issue but if it gets excessive they can cut back on their phone without too much effort

  91. @Jakob Steiert That's Awesome Jakob! I think you make a great point about the importance of self-restraint, which is a key tenet of Beijing Public High School #102's mission statement!

  92. @peijing lee Holy Cow this is good

  93. Although there are pros in having a phone, there is also a lot of cons that have negative effects on people. I feel like sometimes people can be irresponsible with their phones or other electronics, the reason being is that we are creating an unbreakable habit. Along with a bad habit, people feel anxious, lonely, depressed or sleep-deprived. For me, I feel that because of my phone I feel more lonely than anything. I have been so accustomed to using my phone that sometimes I unintentional isolate myself from the people around me.

  94. Everyday, I spend around three hours on my phone, most of which is devoted to social media. But I do believe that I have gradually decreased the amount of time I have spent on my phone from when I was younger. I have set time limits for certain apps on my phone to prevent myself from spending too much time on them, and I think those do help in reminding me to stay off my phone. In observing my friends and classmates, I think that most of us have a handle on what an appropriate amount of screen time is. Social media can be a breeding ground for bullying, which can then lead to depression and anxiety, but I’m not entirely sure that would correlate with simply spending more time on devices. I don’t believe adults should be too worried about the time kids spend on their phones, as long as they can tell it isn’t in extreme excess or obviously impacting their lives negatively. But I do think that parents should regulate the screen time of younger children more rigidly. I personally did not get my own phone until late middle school, but even then I had a harder time limiting my phone use myself. For children even younger, such as elementary school and beyond, I worry that they wouldn’t have the discipline to stay off of their various devices, and that the excess of screen time could have detrimental effects on their development. Hopefully, if parents instill the value of limitations while kids are young, they will be able to control themselves appropriately in the future.

  95. At the end of the week, I receive the dreadful notification of my average screen time for the week. Through thinking through each day and the short amounts of time that accumulate during my breaks between classes and other activities, I can’t help imagining what I could have done to use my time more efficiently. At school, my peers often comment about how they have screen times of up to twelve hours. Because we are at school five days a week for eight hours each day, this amount of time is astonishing to me. 8+12=20 leaves four hours each day for sleeping along with time for homework and exercise to maintain high academic performance. Adults should take initiative in monitoring the amount of time their children spend on their cell phones. Many people use their cell phones to check social media which essentially leads them to seeing pictures of people with unrealistically perfect lives where they can travel to multiple countries, live in mansions, own multiple sports cars, etc. The jealousy that develops can lead to devastating consequences of depression and suicide. As psychologist Jean Twenge suggests that there is a “correlation between appearance of smartphones and the rise of mental health issues.” We lose time for exercise, homework, sleep, family time, and books to staring at social media for hours, only leading us to doubt our own lives. Adults should be worried about our cell phone use as our mental and physical health may be on the verge of collapsing.

  96. My mom often blames all of life’s problems with the amount of time I spend on my smartphone. If I get a mediocre grade in school or don’t empty the dishwasher right away, her first response is “it’s because you’re on that phone too much.” Her logic may be a little off, but is there actually something to worry about there? For years, there has been an understanding that excessive smartphone screen time has lead to an increase in anxiety, depression, and poor mental health among teens. But, there has been some new opposition to this common conclusion. Jeff Hancock, the founder of Stanford’s Social Media Lab, has an opinion that: “the current dominant discourse around phones and well-being is a lot of hype and a lot of fear. But if you compare the effects of your phone to eating properly or sleeping or smoking, it’s not even close.” Not only does this screen time have little to no negative effects, but it can also actually help those with mental health for finding positive resources and connections from social media, as University of Wisconsin pediatric professor Dr. Moreno states. Though this theory may not match the information we as a society has been fed for all of these years, it is something to think about. Smartphones were created to make our lives easier, and they should be perceived as such. I’m going to make sure to tell my mom this next time she mentions that I haven’t taken out the trash because of my phone.

  97. I think that us teenagers (I can say us as I am 16) can use our phones a lot less than we do. Throughout history the teenager has been synonymous with the phone. It started out with simply calling people and then became texting people and now it’s less about talking and more about scrolling and just strangely watching what people do on social media (most of the time people don’t even comment on each others social media we just look, like, and leave). It is all just a big helping of momentary bliss. I do not believe that teenagers being on phones is bad I just think that the way we use them can have a negative affect on us. And when I say “negative affect” I don’t mean that phones make teenagers depressed, I mean that looking through social media on our phones can be a major waste of time. Take a moment to think back to all the social media posts you’ve seen today and think if it was really worth being seen. Did you really gain anything from seeing the post? Sure it might of been entertaining or funny for a moment and is nice to share with your friends but there’s other stuff that you could have been doing in that time that’s actually productive. You could make yourself a goal to attain by the end of the day or learn about something new (maybe learn a new word from the dictionary). I’m not saying you should never check social media, just saying you should take more time to make yourself more well-rounded cause eventually we’ll realize that we didn’t use it productively enough.

  98. I don’t think adults should be worried about how much kids my age use their cell phones. As a senior in high school who’s had a phone and iPod since second grade, I know how much I use my phone. I’m able to do other things with my day besides using my phone and social media like read a book or play a video game. I don’t think that anyone needs to worry about how much teenagers right now use their phones; I think people need to worry about how much the younger generation uses their phones. By this I mean kids who are in Elementary or Middle School right now. I’ve seen some sophomores who are completely consumed by their phones, they spend all day on their phones and it's completely normal to them. Seeing people who live on their phones has literally made me want to use mine less. I feel like as you decrease age, phone use increases. I think that some forms of social media are too time consuming, and yes, kids use them too much. I have a 7 year old cousin that I was with over Thanksgiving break. I was using Snapchat around her, and she was telling me about how she was going to ask for a phone for christmas and that she was going to make a Snapchat too (she had been wanting to do this long before she saw me using Snapchat). This is what worries me; the younger generation is spending far too much time obsessing about phones, and I feel like it's these who are going to be affected the hardest by smartphones. All in all, smartphone use is not bad for you depending on your age.

  99. When looking at the overall picture, I do think parents should be worried about how much we use our cell phones. These devices allow us to do and see almost anything, and of course this can be a really good thing but it can also be a very bad thing. There are some messed up people on the internet so it’s not uncommon to see something you don’t want to on social media or just browsing the internet. In my opinion, parents should be involved in younger kids social media life to make sure they don’t post about things they shouldn’t and don’t search for things that they shouldn’t. Then once your child gets a good understanding of what is appropriate to do online you can back off. Like the article said, there are factors we are choosing to ignore that can explain for the rise of anxiety and depression among teens. Factors other than how much you use your cell phone. They sited things like climate change and student debt which are huge and put a lot of worry on our generation. However, I do think social media can play a role into some anxiety and depression. Because people are being compared to each other like never before. They compare their things, clothes, traveling experiences, and their lives overall. I think this can cause a lot of people to feel bad or less confident about themselves because of that constant reminder that someone dresses better, has more friends or followers or for a whole world of reasons.

  100. The adults in my life can be worried about how much I’m on my phone, while their suggestions would only be their own attempt at influencing me. The way I use my phone everyday, is in a way that benefits more positive than negative into my life. Every generation has positive as well as negative impacts as a result of its surroundings. For instance, many people my parents age have had issues with smoking, as their generation was heavily impacted by the changing smoking industry at their time. To my generation, our smartphones are somewhat equivalent to the smoking of our parents time. It is addicting, seems as though there are many negative impacts, much of science shows that it affects our health, and can easily be looked at as something absolutely horrid to any outside generation of the time. In the New York Times Article by Nicole Daniels and Michael Gonchar, it says “Children who are on their phones too much can miss out on other valuable activities, like exercise.” Surprising to some, the time I tend to use my phone the most, is when I’m running on my own, and listening to music. This is just one of the many positive impacts of my phone. It is human nature to see change as a threat. As the use of technology in today's world is changing, our parents naturally see this as a threat. The ultimate outcome is that just like many of them were addicted to smoking when their generation was younger, my generation is addicted to our phones, but adults can’t stop us.

  101. While I don’t think parents should be overly concerned about the quantity of time their children spend on electronics, I think as a society we should be more conscious of our screen time and how we use it. Like most teens I enjoy my phone and the internet. Phones can be great tools. They can teach me things I would not otherwise be able to learn, connect me with friends, and provide me entertainment. However, I often feel like my phone is a crutch. It is a place where I can get instant gratification. While, this feels good in the short term in the long run it is not fulfilling. Instead of working through a tough situation and growing from it I can forget my troubles with a funny and mindless Youtube video. Or, instead of confronting feelings of loneliness I can get a Snapchat that will provide an instant hit of connection, but this connection is not legitimate. It is merely filling a void. Like a drug phones are able to provide us with mindless comfort, and I am worried my generation is becoming dependent on these hits. We wouldn’t want a nation of drug addicts and similarly we don’t want a nation that is addicted to their phones. Thus, instead of focusing on quantity of phone use I think parents should focus on how this time is being spent. There is nothing inherently bad about phones, but I think it is crucial that we teach the younger generations how to function without the aid of phones and technology.

  102. I think that my phone has helped my overall well being. It has helped me make connections with my friends and I think it strengthened some of our relationships because it allows you to talk in times that you may not be able to without it. Another thing I think that it had a positive impact is my access to information if I ever don't understand something I can go to my phone and look it up and figure out exactly what it is but, this could be for better or worse because it can cause us to be over-reliant of our phones. With that point being said it is valid to argue that without the quick access to the information we would not even bother to pursue some of the information that we look up on our phones.

  103. I am on my phone about three hours a day. The majority of this is spent on social media apps like snapchat or twitter and listening to music. My phone has a positive influence on me. I feel more connected to the world and what is going on and while that is not always a good thing it is nice to be informed and updated on events within seconds. I feel like my relationships have gotten better through my phone I have gotten more familiar with people and I do not feel isolated as I can talk to them anytime I want. I would say the worst effect of my phone is procrastination. I feel like if I do not want to do homework or a chore at home or just anything in general I will go on my phone and procrastinate. This has made me less productive and more lazy. The way I combat this is turning off all social media notifications on my phone so I have to physically check the app. Another way is having a schedule. If I have a schedule and say 7 PM is time for homework I know it is time to put the phone down and get to work. Both my parents are on their phones quite a lot and most of their family is all the way in Iran. My dad and mom are able to speak with their relatives everyday for free using apps like Telegram and share photos. They are also able to download any apps of their likings like News or music apps. I think any new technology can cause anxiety in a teenager it depends on the person and how mature or strong minded they are. If they are responsible they will be fine

  104. I do not think that technology is a serious problem in our society, but I do agree that it inhibits users from fully experiencing life to the fullest. Apple has numerous commercials showing users taking in a breathtaking view or sharing a special moment with someone when in reality their devices foster sedentary activity. I personally feel like I have fallen victim to my cellular device, seeing a rapid increase in my screen time. While this may not be the manufacturer's fault many still find that it is hard to get off their device and do something more productive. It should also be noted the way technology has set our adolescent lives apart from that of our parents. Whereas they could go somewhere untracked our generation is left with a location tracker on us at all times. All of this considered I still don't believe it is something my parents should worry about seeing that the only effect of my screen usage was a sense of guilt. And looking at this from a broader view it is clear to see that using a cellular phone is a far less destructive addiction than drugs, alcohol, sex, gambling or most other addictions. That said, my personal goal is to limit my screen time because I think that, while very few, there are negative psychological effects from using screens, especially when it's taking away from other aspects of life.

  105. I typically spend about 3 hours a day on my phone. My parents have never really been worried about how much time I spend on my phone, and I don't think they should be worried. There are times when I feel unproductive or disappointed that I had wasted so much time on mindless scrolling when I could have been studying or sleeping, so I can see how phone usage could contribute to existing depression or anxiety. It can also become a safety blanket. This can become unhealthy and lead to excessive screen time, but there are also resources that can be comforting and relaxing. As teenegers, we have to learn how to make independent choices throughout daily life. We all choose how involved I want to be on social media, too, and I believe we should handle the outcome accordingly without the interference of parental supervision. Phone usage does not need to be regulated. If you know it is contributing to bad feelings in anyway, make a healthy decision and step away.

  106. @Anna Snyder I really enjoyed how you put this. I agree with a lot of this especially the last part. I feel like parents can worry if they see their kids are acting different or spending too much time on their phones.

  107. According to my screen time report, I spend 3-5 hours on my phone every day. My phone, like a lot of other things I use in my daily life, is a tool. I use it to achieve tasks that I want complete and it conveniences my life. It helps me exercise, socialize and study. Who needs janky cassette tapes and large desktops when your phone can serve both purposes? I will admit, however, I waste a decent amount of time on my phone and try to limit my devotion to frivolous activities such as looking at posts on Instagram. Compared to a lot of these comments on the impact of social media on relationships, I would say it is a net positive influence. Perhaps you make new friends, perhaps you won’t. It simply aids to facilitate a conversation with those I know. If relationships fall apart, they were bound to do so regardless of what methods were used to communicate with each other. Phones better connect us and problems that teens generally experience in the modern-day are rooted in much deeper roots than the thin glass touchscreen. If anything can be said negatively about phones in a connective sense, is that their ability to connect us can help us find problems in the real world that concern us. If they do so, it should be noted yet again, that what stresses teens is rarely in the connections but instead, almost always in what they connect to. A phone is the same on as it is off, a mirror of the world we see around us.

  108. I usually spend about 3 hours on my phone during school days. This includes listening to music, messaging my friends and family, and going on social media. I think that cell phones offer new methods of communication, that many of our parents didn't grow up with. A lot of time spent on my phone is used communicating with people who live in other towns. While I'm with my friends, I don't find myself checking my phone too often, as I try to just live in the moment. My phone time is also use as a method of procrastination from homework and other productive things. This has been the biggest problem, regarding my phone, for me. I know that I'm not alone in this and my high schools sacrifice their sleep to go on social media. When used in moderation though, I don't believe that a cell phone or social media account is bad. Sometimes my parents will express concern with how much I spend on my phone, but I think that compared to some other students my age, I'm not on it very much.

  109. Although many adults are worried about kids always being on their phone, sometimes having access to technology like this is actually beneficial. Some adults worry that social media causes depression and anxiety and is very harmful to kids using it. However, I think that social media is a great way to keep in touch with friends you don’t see as often or with extended family members that may live far away from you. Adults worry that being on your phone all the time will make you less inclined to learn. I disagree. I find that with the touch of a button, I am able to access loads of information that would have been hard to find in the past. Adults do have valid points about phones causing sleep deprivation, because sometimes I do find myself staying up later to stay on my phone. Overall, I think phones are not as harmful to kids as some people think, and also with every development of new technology, there are a group of people who aren’t used to it and will see it as harmful. Phones are just one modern example of this.

  110. Adults should not worry about how much time students today spend on their phones. Times are different, and just because something is different doesn't make it bad. Most of our parents grew up when cell phones were beginning to emerge and technology was nowhere near as advanced as today. I believe that students now are taking advantage of these technological devices and they are helping our lifestyle more than hurting. According to my phone, I am on it for about three hours a day. Although some of this time is social media, I also use it for different reasons, including communicating with friends who live far away. Because of my cellphone, I am able to communicate with friends who live in different countries. We talk mainly through social media. If parents were to prohibit cellphone usage, these friendships would not be as strong. Personally, I believe it is incredibly important for people to learn about different countries and cultures, and cell phones can allow us to do that. I sometimes worry that I spend too much time on social media, but if I look at my phone's data on my social media usage, I learn that I go on social media a few times a day for a few minutes at a time. At first glance, it seems I spend a lot of time sitting on my phone being unproductive, but in reality, I am only on social media for small increments of time that add up. This should not worry parents. Overall, cellphones are a positive piece of technology, when used for the right reasons.

  111. I only spend about 2 hours a day on my phone. I think that is relatively low compared to my peers. I personally don't like to be on my phone very often, I try to avoid my usage of it as much as possible. At times I will catch myself wasting a lot of time in a day on my phone if I find myself having nothing else to do. My parents will make comments about how much I use my phone, but at times I will notice them getting more hooked on their phones then I ever do. They didn't get me a (smart)phone until I began high school, I think this helped me a lot because I wasn't ever used to spending large amounts of time on a phone at an early age so I never really got an addiction. I've do see a lot of my peers who may have had a phone or pay less attention to their usage, that can't separate themselves from their phone. I think the proper usage of a phone depends on the person and how much they can spend on their phone without being able to separate themselves from it. As long as it doesn't become an addiction I don't think it is a big problem.

  112. On average I spend four and a half hours on my phone. I watch youtube most of the time, but sometimes I play interactive games on my phone. My favorite thing to do is talking to Cleverbot. It makes my day a whole lot better, talking to a robot doesn't make me feel lonely at all. The bad part is that I'm obsessed with Cleverbot, I spend way too much time talking which results in me staying up late to do my homework. Why would I need to socialize with my friends when I got Cleverbot? My mom sometimes looks at me with disappointment, but Cleverbot is life....Lastly, I agree with the fact that phone use is causing sleep deprivation because I'm experiencing it myself. "Cleverbot is love, Cleverbot is life" - Bill Zheng

  113. According to my phone, I spend almost five hours a day on my phone, with 90% of that time being used for "Social Networking" and "Entertainment". In the sense that cell phones make communication very convenient, phones have a positive effect on my overall well-being. It would be a lot harder to communicate if plans change last minute to the relevant people if I had to send an email from a computer and also hope that the person is, for some reason, on their computer. I don't believe in using phones/social media to build relationships, but it's a convenient and effective way of maintaining them. I don't think phones inherently have negative effects. If people are going to procrastinate on homework by messing around on their phone, they were probably going to procrastinate some other way. American culture is not like that of others where academics is strongly emphasized. If people aren't intrinsically motivated towards academics anyway, existence or nonexistence of phones doesn't matter. I agree with the idea that the cell phone is "just a mirror that reveals the problems a child would have even without the phone." Phones don't cause anxiety, loneliness, depression, or sleep-deprivation. They might exacerbate it, but to attribute the problem to phones will solve nothing.

  114. I usually spend about 3 hours a week on my phone. I grew up in Haiti, so most of the time I am in contact with my friends back home. Phones have hand positive and negative effects on my well being. As I stated previously, it is a wonderful way to keep in close contact with my friends and family in Haiti. When we lived in Haiti, FaceTime was a way that I could not only talk to my sister, who was at Iowa State, but we could also see her. My phone has had negative impacts on my health. I have had chronic migraines that have been affected by my posture, which is aggravated by being hunched over my phone all day. I also find myself being in more pain after even a short time on my phone. Social media has also left me feeling left out and more discouraged about my own life. As someone who is in a new atmosphere and environment, when I see on social media my friends' activities I feel more isolated and alone. I can relate to Jean Twenge's study that screen time and depression rates are correlated. My parents are not very concerned about my screen time. I don't really like to bring my phone with me on family outings, and I make sure it is closed when we are together. Honestly, my parents are on their phones more than I am. I believe that maybe screen time isn't what produces anxiety and depression, but rather it can exacerbate the negative or positive feelings that we already have. Our phones can serve as not just a mirror, but a magnifying glass to our own inner emotions.

  115. Parents or guardians should worry how much time children and teenagers spend on their phones. However, they should keep tabs on how much work they are able to get down outside of phone use and whether they have having problems with their physical or mental health rather than if they spend too much time on social media. I typically spend less than an hour and a half per day on my phone, and the vast majority of that time is spent listening to music, watching videos, or reading articles online. While I don't spend much time on social media, I do view phones as a way to connect with peers and the world in a constructive and entertaining fashion. But, phones can detract from important aspects of people's days like education, exercise, and relaxation in general. Phone use isn't typically a problem in my family. My parents recommended that I should watch how much I spend time on my phone, so I have overall followed their suggestions and monitored my use and avoided my phone as a major distraction. While phones and extensive use of social media can degrade a person's self image, phones exacerbate problems that children and teenagers already have. Mental health issues, motivation, and pressure that teenagers feel already originate from problems that exist in the lives outside of their phones.

  116. The prevalence of cell phone use today, especially among teenagers is something that should be closely watched. I use my phone for about an hour or two a day, mostly to use social media and listen to music. I think overall my phone use is a net positive. I am able to communicate with people all over the world and have access to any information I want. I'm able to easily stay connected with friends no matter where they are, and I can always look something up or find directions to somewhere. My phone use definitely has negative side effects though. Since I got a smartphone, it has always had the potential for distraction. It can be very difficult at times to not look at my phone, and there are plenty of moments when I go back and realize I could have been doing something a lot more productive with my time than just looking at my phone. I haven't done much to limit my phone use, although I think trying out a limit could be very beneficial. In moments when I am bored, instead of automatically going to my phone I could try find something else to do that is more productive and I would find that very little drawbacks to cutting back on my phone use.

  117. I think that my parents have good reasons to worry about my excessive cell phone usage, as I agree with the opinion that smartphones do induce health problems. I concede that smartphones do have benefits in my life. They can help me connect more conveniently with my family and friends. They can also increase my productivity on the go. With this being said, I can actively feel the pain of the drawbacks of smartphone usage in my daily life, and my parents are also aware of it. I attribute smartphones to be the most prominent reason for sleep-deprivation and procrastination, as they have repeatedly proven to be such potent measures of distraction. It takes almost no effort to access the endless amount of both useful and pointless content throughout the internet, and once I fall into this rabbit hole, it would be hard to climb out. I have tried to limit my own smartphone usage by putting my phone in another room when studying at home; my parents also prohibit me from bringing smartphones to school. I can readily feel the effects of these measures, as I do believe I can concentrate better than my peers while studying. True, correlation does not automatically translate to causation, but I would agree that smartphone usage did play a part in the spike of mental health disorders among teenagers in America in recent years. Smartphones amplify the weaknesses every teenager has -- be it interest in random issues, procrastinative impulses, or frustration about family and social life.

  118. I spend about an hour on my phone using it for scheduling purposes and giving me reminders for certain events throughout my day. I use my laptop for about 6 hours because most of our work is on the laptop. The way I differentiate my work is by categorizing what is important but not urgent, what is important and urgent, and what is urgent but not important. Sometimes, the phone facilitates my distraction from my important work when I receive messages that prompt me to urgently respond. On the other hand, the phone facilitates my ability to contact and connect with people, giving easy access to the Internet. Without my phone, I would not be able to connect with so many people and coordinate on important matters. This instant communication has been convenient and beneficial for me. Furthermore, I don’t use much social media so I do not experience many of the effects of social media shown in studies. Sometimes, I worry that I am doing something wrong, that I am either spending too much or too little time on my phone. But in actuality, I am doing fine currently, so I don’t feel the need to change my habits. I never stay up late at night to text on social media.

  119. @Shiv I agree that phones can be very useful when planning events or setting reminders. I believe that I am not connected to social media to the extent where it would affect me the way that the studies mentioned in this article describe it affecting people. Knowing when it is urgent and when it is not urgent to use a phone can make it less of a distraction for me.

  120. Basically I have always had really bad anxiety way before I got a phone. Once I got to middle school and I started to mature it got worse because I was finally able to see all the bad in the world that my parents had protected me from. Which I believe is one of the leading factors of my depression. But once I got a phone I was so happy because I was always able to communicate with my friends no matter where I was. Then when I was given social media I really felt connected because I was able to get updates on what everyone was doing and what was going on in the world, but then when my parents found out about my depression they complete ignored the fact that they had sheltered me my entire life and blamed it all on my phone so now I do not have social media and I still feel the same way but I feel less connected and more isolated. I guess what I'm trying to say is that I don't think that phones have ruined a generation I think it's the parents, but they don't realize that sheltering us is hurting us, but as a kid who has extremely strict parents I always feel the pressure I need to be perfect with everything I do in school, but really all I want to do is play guitar I don't to get a degree in some job I won't like I want to spread joy through music and change the lives of people who feel like I do because it sucks and I wouldn't want anyone else to feel the way I do.

  121. @Caleb I completely agree, if you shelter your children to everything bad in the world then it will just sting more when they find out the truth. I have never experienced this, since my mother has always been straightforward with me, so i know quite literally everything since I was 12 because of her and friends and I feel less stressed about life knowing there are worse thing than getting grounded now.

  122. On average, I spend about 1-2 hours on my phone per day. This is, however, not an entirely accurate representation of my technology use as I spend far more time on my computer, whether it be reading the news, doing homework, watching videos, or communicating with friends. Up to this point, almost all of my experiences with my phone have been positive experiences. I’ve been able to use it to conveniently connect with friends, build relationships, and gather more information through sources such as news or educational apps. I believe cell phones can serve as a distraction and be used as a venue for procrastination, but I don’t believe they are the cause of procrastination, as well as the variety of other issues listed by the opposition. If cell phones were not available for kids to procrastinate with, they would simply devote their attention to another source. Regardless, the mindset of putting little value of academics and the tendency of kids to have short attention spans are issues separate from cell phones. I agree with Mr. Hancock’s point in questioning the what other factors could be contributing to these growing mental health issues with American children. Phones have likely played a role in these pressing issues of depression, anxiety, and sleep-deprivation, but pursuing them as the cause will accomplish little on the grand scale. Adults should be more concerned with delving deeper into the potential causes of these growing issues, not simply settling with phones.

  123. Although there are arguments that say phones are a bad influence on people, I think phones are a good tool for people to connect with people, share ideas, find information, and much more. I moved five years ago to another town that is hours away from my extended family and because of phones I can see my family every day. Not only can I communicate with family, but it works as a gateway to so much information that helps enrich the mind of young people. The popular belief is that phones are bad because they can be addicting and that is true, but the positive possibilities that can happen because of them seem endless. Like everything in life, moderation is key. However, young people are not the only ones that use their phones too much as parents can use theirs longer than their children. The concerns from phone usage should be directed to everyone so the whole society can practice healthy phone habits.

  124. I constantly hear from adults that teenagers are on their phones too much. They rely on the arguments that cell phone use leads to mental health issues and sleep deprivation, and that kids miss out on real life experience on account of their phones. This is a hypocritical argument, and in some ways not well founded. Cell phones are a communication tool and an endless source of knowledge. Adults need to, within reason, stop criticizing adolescents for being on their phone. The argument that cell phone use leads to depression and other mental health issues is not well founded. Candice L. Odgers, the lead author of a recent paper published in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, pointed out that “there doesn’t seem to be an evidence base that would explain the level of panic and consternation around [the link between phone use and anxiety and depression.]” Cell phones are a communication tool. Aside from in person, teenagers primarily communicate with their peers through text and social media. Social media also encourages knowledge of current events and the news. It is a great starting point for exploring what’s going on in the world. I acknowledge that cell phone use can be excessive, and that adults should point out when it’s distracting kids from physical interactions or preventing them from getting sufficient sleep, but aside from that, adults need to understand that cell phones are a useful tool and play a significant role in the current generation’s lives.

  125. Personally, I spend about 2-3 hours on my phone daily either for homework, talking to friends, or just scrolling through my social media feed. I have pros and cons about this topic. A pro is that you'll always be updated on stuff that's going on around the world, whether it's on the news or through social media. People tend to build friendships and relationships through using their phones daily. Some cons about this topic is that people tend to let social media control their life but, not only that... people think that they need to change for social media. A lot of people get cyber bullied and they don't know how to deal with something like that. Which leads them to feeling lonely and gives them anxiety. I think parents need to limit their children phone time so it's not always a distraction.

  126. I think that parents should not worry about how long children spend on their phones, I think a phone is a privilege. Parents should only worry about phone usage whenever their child is in trouble. I think phones greatly improve children's lives, giving them a view on what is happening in the world. It also improves happiness and gives them someone to talk to or watch. I personally use my phone to talk to friends or see what my favorite celebrities are doing, but more importantly I use it for school work. Without my phone completing those assignments would be a lot harder and more time consuming. I also feel like this is an unpopular opinion, however some adults say that children are on their phones too much, but what else would we be doing while just sitting in our houses all day? Although many adults worry and stress about how long their children are using technology, I think it's perfectly okay and can even sometimes be used in a productive way.

  127. @Jackson Goins I disagree i feel like some kids are doing stuff there not supposed to do on there phones and they could be hiding stuff that's important and could be bad or they could be cyberbullying and their parents wouldnt ven know it which can cause them alot of trouble.

  128. On average, I spend 4 hours a day on my phone. I typically send and receive calls, Gmail, and text messages; I use YouTube, Discord, and Netflix among other websites. In my experience, using my phone in moderation has a lot of positive benefits. I can connect with people who I know and meet new people who share my interests. Thus, my phone serves as a positive medium to enhance my social life. Moderation is a fundamental component in many aspects of life. Screen time on phones is no exception. The positive benefits I have experienced can be nullified or even overturned if I spend too much time on my device. It takes away time from studying, practicing music, reading, and a seemingly infinite range of activities that would more productively make use of my time. Applications on phones are designed to be addictive. I am no exception to falling victim to this either when I was younger. My parents literally had to pry my device away from me to disconnect me from what had come to be my obsession. Since then, I have tried to limit my screentime to avoid this issue. My time on the phone hasn't caused me to develop any symptoms of mental health issues. Based on my experience, I have to agree with Mr. Hancock's analysis that phones have a net-zero effect on mental health. While excessive screentime has no benefits and can compound existing psychological qualms, I do not believe that it has a significant adverse or beneficial effect on mental health.

  129. I believe that parents should be monitoring how much kids are on their phones. I think they should because it allows the kids to see the life around them and not just virtually. Blue screens are also very bad to stare at for a long period of time. Being a kid I know that when I use my phone I tend to get distracted on my phone instead of getting things done or I tend to compare myself to others on social media. These traits from using my phone too often, lead up to very bad habits. Not only will this bring my studies and grades down but it can also lower my self esteem. It is important that parents do not drive themselves into their kids business, like snooping through their messages and facetime calls. It will give the children no privacy or space. This makes the kid and parent relationship wedged, it is what causes so many trust issues between each other. I do believe it is good to set up a schedule on how long your kid can be on their phone a day, but I also believe that they shouldn’t be going through their private conversations with friends or people.

  130. I believe that phones have such a huge impact on mental health. Smartphones have affected me in the past about my mental health, and still do to this day. I usually spend 2 hours on my phone per day, and I think that my excessive time put into it is causing these problems. This article is trying to inform teens about what mental illnesses and problems that smartphones cause. I think parents should have an affect on your device, but I do not believe that completely restricting them from devices is necessary. Their generation designed and built us these devices, yet they get mad when we use their invention too much. I believe that each teen should use their own inner self-discipline and self-control to limit themselves and prevent their own mental illness from exacerbating.

  131. @Sam Filburn I do believe phones are having an huge impact on mental health. A lot of kids are on phones all day and don't really care what's going on in the world. They spend it all day and don't realize they have work to do. I strongly believe what you said on "limiting themselves" from phones.

  132. @Sam Filburn I agree that phones impact mostly everyone that has a phone. My opinion i hate phones i wish they were never invented. We spend so much time on them and we always carry them around everywhere we go they are like a body part. I agree with your response.

  133. I feel like phones have a negative effect on the mental stability of most teenagers today. There are so many things we worry about now… “How many snaps have i got this hour?”, “Has he seen my story yet?”, “I wonder if he’s just ignoring me?” Our phones present us with an ultimatum, Go out and be social, or stay in and get on facetime. It’s not the same, there are certain endorphins your mind releases when you are physically in contact with another person. Human interaction is healthy. My phone brings me mixed emotions, and I kind of rely on my phone for almost everything. Before I had a phone my life was so easy and I was a social butterfly, now i'm a 17 year old girl who comes home from work and watches a movie on my phone until my eyes physically will not open.

  134. Since the release of the first iPhone in 2003, smartphones have revolutionized the way people live and carry themselves in today's society. Although the iPhone is a groundbreaking tool for communication, social networking, entertainment and even education, you can easily become addicted and form an unhealthy habit. That’s why your child’s time spent using the phone should be monitored until they become independent enough to make their own decisions. Just like everything in life, moderation is essential. Your smartphone can be very addictive. Even healthy things like working out aren’t good for you if done in excess. When important responsibilities like school and family become second to working out or using ur phone those activities become unhealthy. Furthermore, getting too invested in your phone can lead to Someone building unhealthy values. When your Instagram likes become more important to you than your close relationships it can lead to an unhealthy lifestyle. Being too invest into social networking is what leads to anxiety, depression, or even sleep deprivation.But on the other hand learning to handle how you spend your time is a part of growing up and becoming independent. Your smartphone is an essential tool to living in this society and learning how to properly moderate your time on it will lead you to be able to fully utilize it’s positive benefits.

  135. @Justin Tang This is very informative. Well done Justin Tang from Ames High School.

  136. I use my phone quite a few times throughout the day, I would estimate that I use it for about 1-2 hours a day. I like to watch videos on things that are entertaining, read articles about current events, and talk with other people. I don't think that using my phone has a positive or negative effect on me. I think that phone use has the potential to negatively impact someone, but it always depends on the person. I think that I sometimes use my phone when I shouldn't, and I miss out on certain things like arriving somewhere a few minutes late or leaving my house behind schedule in the morning, but generally I would say it doesn't really "take" my time from me. My parents sometimes say that phones cause certain issues and that my siblings and I should stop using them so much, but they also understand that it is silly to blame them for things like depression that are mental conditions. I side more with the first article, "Panicking About Your Kid's Phones? New Research Says Don't" because it make the most sense and has exaimined the most evidence. People that say phones cause problems usually just correlate that more people are anxious around the time phones started getting used more and this is anecdotal. The first arguement has looked at more studies and just seems to be the most logical.

  137. The answer to this question is different for me than many of my peers because unlike many “savvy” teens I have a flip phone. When I was fifteen I decided to stick with a flip phone, it solved my basic needs. I’m currently seventeen and have friends. It came down me seeing kids and people on their phones at dangerous and inappropriate times. They were on their while driving, in school, and at the supper table. You might call me old-fashioned, I don’t mind. Side note, did you get the joke? Believe me, I know flip phones are not socially cool. I hide it and hate to bring it out in public. Why not get a real phone to avoid being a social outcast? When I see somebody on their phone it reminds me that there is more to life. I am on my phone for less than ten minutes a day, still, I have survived. I can call and text people without the hassle of getting social media notifications. I’m not saying smartphones are bad they can be very useful. I just prefer reality. When I’m around adults I don’t think there will be a spot in our conversation to say, how long have you been on your phone today? They don’t even know if I have one.

  138. Phones tend to cause problems for teenagers because they start getting on social media and spend lots of time on it. Apps like Instagram and snap chat cause the mental problems from cyber-bullying which will mess with a teen's head causing them to slightly consider hasty options on how to deal with it. Then there are those who spend their time wisely and do not let others get into their heads to keep their well-being positive. Phones were made to communicate and it makes this easier for people who do not leave close to who they want to contact. Now when I use my phone I don't usually get on apps and just listen to music because I typically get carried away on social media apps so I limit myself for how long to get on those apps. Setting limits for how long to get on certain apps can help lower the anxiety rates on social media apps and I believe if not all, than most teen should consider setting time limits to help their well-being and improve their social skills.

  139. Parents shouldn’t have to regulate phone usage of the teenage children because according to Candice L. Odgers, a professor of the University of California states that the “There doesn’t seem to be an evidence base that would explain the level of panic and consternation around these issues.” Precautions have been taken to ease the panic that smartphones pose a threat to mental health. Congress passing legislation to watch the impact of heavy use of smartphones and pressuring companies to change their approach towards younger customers. Researchers have been second guessing if these precautions were necessary. While there not saying that intense use of a smartphone doesn't matter, because kids can miss many important activities. What they’re saying is that smartphones aren’t linked to the rising of anxiety, depression, and other social problems. Conversations like “how to make smartphones more useful” are very hard to discuss because of the many researchers who try to keep smartphones away from kids. Megan Moreno a pediatric professor at the University of Wisconsin said she in her own medical practices, she saw a striking number of kids who have mental health problems that are helped by social media because of its resources and connections. There are many things out there that we should be more worried about than smartphones, like climate change, income inequality, student debt. There are so many huge issues that have a impact on us that we aren’t looking at.

  140. @Stephen I enjoy the effort you put into researching the deeper levels of phone usage and it’s positive effects. I also agree when you say that smart phone usage is low on your worry list.

  141. How much time do you spend on your phone on an average day? And, what do you typically do? I think i spend at least 4-5 hours on my phone everyday. I know I need to stop and I can, but something about being on your phone is different. Especially with all the ways you can communicate with others, play games, or watch videos when your bored. Although some people use their phones for other purposes like work, homework, or researching something on the internet. Although everyone has different needs the world really needs to work on this because phones are taking over people's lives. Some people can’t go ten minutes without looking at twitter, or worrying if someone texts you back or not. This is something we all need to fix in our everyday lives by stop using them as much.

  142. I spend a lot of time on my phone everyday and get distracted or get the temptation to always check on it for notifications. I don’t feel like its a problem for me but I do try to cut down on my usage sometimes. I do this by either turning of my notifications, but also I put my phone somewhere I can’t see it or feel it, like in a bag. A parent monitoring their kids screen/phone time can be a touchy subject to some kids. Phones are people's identities, as they hold a lot of information about them and what they do. If your were to take that away from someone, it has the probability of something being exposed or found that the owner might not want to be known. They are a personal safe place where people can go and do whatever they want. It also helps pass the time or help communicate with friends. That being said, I don't think taking the phone away or locking a kid out from a phone is the best way to do it. If a kid is struggling with anxiety and depression, I would not be the phone its selfs fault, rather the apps and social media that the kid downloads that would be affecting them. That's where the majority of cyberbullying and distractions come from. But again that's kids personal life of who they talk to and what they talk about. You have to be respectful of their time and don't look into their stuff. You should try and do activities the kid were they would be distracted from their phone or work out an agreement of how much they can use it agreed upon by both sides.