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 use my phone a lot of the time. It’s a way to talk to my friends and still maintain relationships even though I am extremely busy. After moving to a different state, my phone has helped me keep in contact with friends that I probably wouldn’t have been able to if I did not have the technology to keep in touch. It makes me happier because I am talking to the people I care about and those that care about me. I don’t think of my phone as a waste of time because on the days when I have so much going on I can talk to my friends instead of never talking to them because of how busy I am. More positives to phones include safety— I can always call someone or text someone if I do not feel safe— connection—there are so many platforms for people to meet and talk about the things they have in common— and entertainment— it provides something that I can do if I am truly really bored.

  2. In my opinion, adults in our life should be worried by how much we use our phone. Based on my phone’s screen use report, the average time I spend on my phone is about six and a half hours per day. When I first saw that data, I was shocked. I digged on more details in the screen use report, but this time, not surprisingly, I spent most of my time on my phone on social medias. I also love to watch Chinese TV shows and TikTok videos on my phone. I did play games sometimes. There was a period of time when I was really into the game, “Homescapes”, I would spend my time to build the perfect house in the game. To be honest, I seldomly spend time on educational apps. Looking my screen report data, I am even worried that I spend too much time on my phone. So, why would my parents not worry about that? As teenagers now, we are still learning how to better fit into the real world. We also got depression and mental illness just based on some strangers' offensive comments. One time, I made a comment on someone’s TikTok which wasn’t aggressive at all. But 5 people had negative comments against me. At first, I was sad. I thought I didn’t do anything wrong, so I talked to my mom. She consoled me that people online don’t matter in my real life, just ignore them. See, parents have a lot of better advice. The adults in our lives should not yell at us when we spend too much time on our phones, but instead, they can help us make the good decision and console us when we have bad experiences.

  3. @Tiffany Rong I love how you included your personal experience of your technology experiences regarding your parents help and support! I do agree with you that parents should have some control over our technology, as long as it is reasonable and understanding.

  4. I personally don’t spend that much time on my phone, but when I do it’s usually during the night. This makes me sleep deprived and I wake up miserable the next morning because of the amount of sleep I got. Although I don’t use my phone that mush I make it up with playing a lot of video games. I spend a good portion of my week just sitting around and playing games. I would say that I’m not wasting my time by doing this but I have to say the truth and that is that it is a waste of time. I could be doing so many other things like playing guitar or drums but I do nothing and just sit around.

  5. Since the rise of advanced technology after the birth of the internet, it has engulfed younger generations quite a bit. Though there are many positive effects of social media, what is seen on the news and in school conversation is more negative. What we hear about is how daily hours on our cell phones has a higher average than ever before, there are increased suicides due to technology, and mental health is declining from increased social standards due to technology. I do agree that without our cell phones we as a society would still face these problems, yet technology has only elevated these issues and caused a national concern. I believe there are many benefits from technology, but it’s hard to see through to that when media coverage slanders its purpose to be a more effective resource.

  6. Whether or not parents should be concerned about their child’s cell phone usage does not necessarily have a black and white answer. If I child is happy, social, and healthy, parents don’t have a solid reason to be concerned. On the other hand, if their child is clearly lacking in one of those three fields, it would be appropriate for parents to look into what role their cell phone usage plays in that. With that being said, an underwhelming sense of happiness or diminishing health can be very hard for parents to notice in their child. Multiple studies have resulted in statistics supporting the idea that social media takes a large toll on adolescents mental health. Despite this, social media has also proven to be an effective mode of communication and can actually help people maintain relationships with distant friends, and enforce socialization. With this in mind, I believe that parents should pay more attention to what their children are doing on their phones, rather than the amount of time they spend looking at a screen.

  7. I believe that adults shouldn’t be worried about how much we use our phone but instead they should be worried about how we use it. For example, kids who use there phones for educational reasons or to talk with peers should be allowed. Social media uses such as Snapchat or Instagram should be limited to about 3 hours a day. Scrolling through social media for hours at a time isn’t always good for you and may lead to depression.

  8. My parents personally are always telling just how much time I spend on my phone is very disturbing to them and that it's detrimental to my life. I never really believed them in the past. I mean obviously I knew it couldn't possibly be good for me and there were better things I could be doing with my life but I didn't think my mental health was declining because of it. This article mentions a study they did that proves phone time does not link to a decline in mental health. I have to say the time I spend on my phone is usually texting or on social media platforms. For this reason you can see the time I send on my phone is used to communicate with my friends. So if anything I would say my phone time is beneficial to me. It allows me to talk about my life situations with people who care and will listen to me.

  9. My parents never restrict me from my phone, but sometimes I wish they would have. I ha evnow gotten to the point where I feel almost addicted at times. I’ll spend hours late at night just scrolling through pointless things I won’t remember. I also feel like using your phone when you are with others is one of the most rude things someone can do. If you are with someone you should enjoy the moment and not be looking through something else that is pointless.

  10. I use my phone for at least a few hours a day, going on social media or just playing games. But I don’t think my phone use effects me negatively, I use it to escape from worrying about school and other things, or when I’m lonely and want to escape my own brain. However, I’d rather see my friends in person than call or text them, and sometimes when I do see them I forget I even have a phone. My parents use their phones much more than I do, so I don’t think it’s a generational problem, some adults just like to find excuses to criticize young people.

  11. I personally do use my phone quite a bit during the day, but most of my time spent on my phone is when I am at home. I tr to keep my phone out of my mind when I am at school, as it is a large distraction from the other much much more important things that I need to focus on at school. The technology access we have can be very draining to your young minds, especially as our adolescent minds are still developing. Although technology can be very draining, it also has many many positives and advantages to it. The access that students now have to technology is life changing. We are able to do and learn many things that we weren't able to in the past. In conclusion, I think that phone usage is not bad, but we just need to be mindful about when and why we are using our time on our phones and the impact technology can have on adolescents.

  12. The amount of hours teenagers spend on their devices should be an avid concern. Studies only articulate that increased screen time can oftentimes cause attention-deficit disorders, anxiety, depression, etc. Through my experience, I have experienced all three of these symptoms when it comes to constantly checking things like Instagram and Snapchat for useless things like, “How many followers do I have?” or, “How many people viewed my Snapchat story?”. Things like this should be a widespread concern amongst parents as the statistic of developing disorders is on a high rise and should be dealt with in a more serious manner.

  13. Lately, I’ve been using my phone too much. I’ve noticed how whenever I’m on social media or the internet, my anxiety goes up and I feel less happy. Parents should be very worried about teenagers using their phones because it noticeably has been causing more anxiety and depression. Why is it that before the 21st century there were not nearly as many cases of depression or anxiety in teens? It’s because of smartphones. The tendency to go on our phones is so strong because of social media. Social media has a negative effect on society because it creates a comparison between peoples lives. It also tries to represent real life, but it’s truly just a fake world where people hide behind a phone.

  14. I won’t lie, I do spend a while on my phone every day. But it is for good reason. I normally use my phone to read, text friends and family, listen to music and every once in a while, I use it to look at social media or watch videos. I would say that my phone has a positive impact on my well-being. I stay connected with friends and family and also get to have leisure time to myself when I feel like I need it. It is also a stress reliever for me because I have books and other things on my phone that I use when I feel like I need a break from my life and school. Despite this, there have been times when I’ve felt that my phone has negative effects on me. I have used it to stay up past my bedtime, which then effects how much I sleep and the rest of my week. Adding onto that, it has caused me stress issues when I started looking up things that I didn’t need to focus on, but that’s also a fault on my part as well. My phone has definitely gotten in the way of my studying and sleeping times before. But recently, I’ve realized a lot of my bad habits and have begun to break away from them, including using my phone only when I absolutely need to or have free time that won’t take away from time to do more important things. I would say that it’s more like a mirror. Most of the times we reflect our emotions into what we do on our phones and that could have both a negative and positive impact. I feel that the other argument also bleeds into this argument because it’s a reflection.

  15. Social media effects every person drastically whether they decide to admit it or not. Many students use their phone as a way to escape their problems but in reality they’re avoiding them. Students should be out in the real world creating a future for themselves and striving to achieve their dreams. Yes, phones are helpful to communicate with the world but it gets to a point where kids nowadays are living more in their phones than in the real world. Parents should teach there kids that there is more in the world than a streak or a new high score on their favorite game. They should be teaching them how to act, how to gain a career, and how to be an overall good person. My parents were always strict on the phone policy, but, that has helped me to live in the real world and recognize the appropriate times a phone should and shouldn’t be used. Our parents help to shape our lives and all of them need to do an amazing job and teacher their children how to use their phones.

  16. Although many people think that phones and electronic devices aren’t necessarily beneficial, I believe that parents should not be worried about the amount of time we are on them. They help us communicate with friends easily, which can help socially and academically. Also, there is so much to learn on these devices. I don’t believe that being on an electronic device for a long period of time is something to worry about, due to the connections and friendships which can be made on them. There is more to being on a phone that many parents think. When I’m on my device, I’m not just staring at a screen wasting time; rather, I’m making personal connections and learning new things during my screen time. Being on my phone does make my life better because I can easily talk and connect with my friends whenever and wherever I want, which usually brightens my mood. Overall, parents should not be concerned with the amount of screen time their child has.

  17. @Johnny I agree that having a phone can help your connections with your friends, but it can also alienate you from them. It only helps if you only spend time on the phone when you’re not with your friends, and obviously, if your parents think you spend too much time on your phone, it’s because they think you don’t interact with them enough. Also, studies have shown that screen time can mess with your brain, like how it cuts into your sleep time or makes your brain slower. There’s nothing to say that the depression rates increasing aren’t due to phones at all. It could be, at least a little, because staring at a screen is detrimental to their mental health, or that they need to interact with people in real life more.

  18. We live in a society that is constantly looking at screens; whether it’s our phone, iPad, computer, tv, we’re constantly looking at screens. And although depression rates are increasing, I do not agree that we can blame that on technology. I believe that yes, social media does come into play when considering these factors but the biggest reason for it is not because we’re trying to look like those Instagram models we see on our feed. I can honestly say I don’t see it as a competition to look like them, social media just allows us to compare ourselves and our lives to our peers; and that is who we are competing with. However, I think that being able to look at our phones to get a break from our stressful days and see what our friends are doing and see how other people are having a good day can make up for the competition we feel. Being on our cell phones is more of an escape than it is a burden.

  19. In modern times almost everyone has a smart phone or another device, and those who do not probably feel like their missing out and they most likely are. While they may receive information that’s on the internet another way like on the tv or a newspaper, everyone with the technology receives it quicker and are more easily able to be kept up to date. But, it’s easy to spend hours on your phone with things like social media and games, but most use it at times when their not doing something else most likely to just stop their boredom. Too much time on your phone to the point where it’s taking away from your social interaction with people face to face or causing you to miss other experiences is a problem, but for the most part I think smart phones are a positive in most people’s lives and that most do not use their phones to that extreme extent. I do use my phone quite a lot daily, but it allows me to connect with my friends and family, especially with those I'm unable to see often and I do feel more connected to them and the world by using it. My phone is also where I go for any information about what’s happening in the world, without it I would probably be out of the loop as watching the news is and never really was a thing I would do often.

  20. On an average school day, I’ll arrive home at around 6 PM, after a long day of school and rehearsal for whatever production my school is producing at the time. I will sit down on my bed and let a sigh of relief escape my body. Then I will proceed to scroll through Instagram, respond to Snapchats or text some friends for about half an hour- enough to relax and prepare for homework. About 4/5 days in the week, one of my parents will come into my room, “No phone until homework is done, don’t let me catch this again!” I think that statement may be true if I were sitting down at my desk, working on a WebAssign or an essay- but during a relaxation period, it gets on my nerves. My point here is that parents get a little too involved. In middle school or elementary school (hopefully very few elementary schoolers have cellphones, but that’s another issue completely), I understand a little micromanaging when it comes to technology time. However, by the time we reach high school, we should all be responsible for ourselves in that realm, to turn in homework, to know our time limits. It is time for the parents to release their grasp unless it is absolutely necessary. It is our job as teenagers to learn what happens when we stay on our phones too long and we don’t get enough sleep or don’t finish a homework assignment, we won’t understand the consequences if we don’t learn for ourselves.

  21. @Josh Reifel, I live a pretty busy life as well. I go through countless hours of school work and then have a whole week of track afterwards. I also find it comforting to open my messages and I personally watch one or a few episodes from Netflix but work always comes first. You claim that we won't understand the consequences if we don't go through them but we are taught from a young age that too much technology isn't good. I just can't completely agree that parent supervision is bad. I'm not claiming that all kids should be tracked by their parents on apps such as Life360 but multiple people who use them have an little to no trust with their family. We are teenagers, our parents are supposed to agree that we are responsible but we shouldn't take advantage of it and spend all of our free time on our phones. I know many "cool" parent who have a small grasp on their children but it isn't always for the best. If you or your friends don't want to involve your parents, I would suggest building a stronger relationship and then there won't be a reason for phone searches and location tracking.

  22. i,ve never had any problem with my parents and my phone. Ive always been good at coding and i made my interest in it very clear to my parents. the only time they ever got worried is when an email was sent to them because i was pirating a ton of games. I haven't done that since but other than that my parents never cared.

  23. “Get off your phone”, “Y’all are all addicted”, “I’m scared for your generation”, are heard almost every day by my generation. Adults are convinced that technology is the problem, and that they cause all of the problems we have. Technology isn't the problem, the stress is caused by the overload of work, staying in your room doesn't mean your on your phone, failing a test doesn't mean it's because you spent all your time online, yet these are all the things it's blamed for. Phones are what most adults get on teens for now a days, because of their popularity. Personally I don't use my phone nearly as much as most of my peers. I get it taken away so much that I've grown so accustomed to being off it that I never depend on it. However I do use it when necessary, I use it in Spanish to find words I don't know, in dance class to find music, I use it to communicate with my parents and friends, to get around town with google maps, and to take pictures of memories I want to capture. Adults should be grateful that they are able to ensure their kids are safe with the click of a button, that they can do their work off their computers, that they can connect with their old classmates and friends instead of bringing down our generation for advancing. It isn't something to worry about simply because it's hypocritical, if they used the advancements being made during their generation and were excited about them, we should be able to use these innovations without judgement.

  24. @Charlotte Todd I totally agree! Phones are almost always what our generation's mistakes are blamed on. It isn't fair to assume that we are always on our phone when we are away from our parents, but it is justified and parents have an excuse for being all over the board on phone use. You see, our parents base almost all of there parenting on how their parents taught them and they get to choose what they want to adopt from their parents methods and what they don't. They issue with this system is that our society is developing and changing so quickly that some parenting styles just aren't effective anymore, and never before seen problems are facing parents every day. A prime example of this is the smartphone. Our parents, as they are probably Boomers or GenX, never had to deal with the freedom and slavery of an iPhone, therefore they don't know how to teach us to deal with them.

  25. @Charlotte Todd “It's because of that damn phone” or “you’re spending too much time on that thing” are things that i constantly hear from adults as well as the ones listed below. But what i really don't understand is why parents and older generations blame so much upon our superior technology that could help advance the acquisition of knowledge for our generation. My parents whenever I get a below average grade on something in school, they immediately hop on the “Too much time on your phone” train, and it really pisses me off because how would my phone or games on my phone have anything to do with my grade. But they continue to threaten me with taking it away for no reason, really gets under my skin because they don't consider anything else.

  26. @Charlotte Todd I hear those same words everyday. Parents and adults are so quick to blame the source of all our problems on technology, when it's so much more. Of course technology has its ups and downs, but along with everything else in life. If technology wasn't the problem then parents would just find the very next thing to blame. Technology has become a part of everyone's lives. Like you said you use it in dance, and in Spanish. I know many teachers base their lessons and homework off online tools. Videos and websites help us further understand material that may have been difficult before. Having unlimited access to anything we want right at our fingertips is extremely useful. The article also mentions that countries in Europe have lower anxiety, depression, and suicide rates even through phones are more prevalent in those areas. I feel like technology cant be all to blame because of this. It can also be due to our education system and immense amounts of pressure put on students to preform well. Comments from parents and adults blaming kids for their performance instead of helping them or encouraging them can do more than the initial harm done.

  27. The adults in my life are already worried about how much time I spend on my phone. It seems that one of the biggest concerns that adults have nowadays is one for our ever increasing reliability on phones. And yes I get it, but there are bigger problems in the world, and people are treating phones like some kind of demonic possession. Yes I’m on my phone very often, and yes I don’t do exercise. But I’m not going to get down and do twenty push ups if I don’t have my phone. I do regret being on my phone so much because it does distract me from working on projects that I actually do want to work on. There are other factors that play into that, which don’t involve my phone use. Like how tired I become after doing work for school, or how motivated I am to actually work. Sometimes phones are a good way to relax. School already drags us into having to put forth our effort into work for a good seven hours, and many students have extracurriculars of some sort. I don’t have to be introspective and analytical 24/7, that’s just tedious. Adults make it out to be like pour phones distract us from thinking deeply about our societal conflicts or reflecting on our lives, but they don't seem to understand that out phones are essentially storing away most of our lives. We were born with technology. We take pictures to remember good times, not to show off, we use social media to share parts of ourselves, even if they are filtered, we text instead of talk because sometimes people aren't there.

  28. “Put that phone down” and many other similar phrases are things that are heard constantly by my generation. I do spend a lot of my time on my phone every day, but the way I see it, that's no different than my parents spending hours watching TV when they get home or doing things they enjoy, like shopping or reading, on their computers. My parents like to blame all my problems on my phone, from my grades, to my attitudes, to stress levels, and anything else that isn’t perfect. Just because it's something new that they didn’t grow up with, they think it's the source of all my problems, but that's not the case. My main source of stress is all my increasing school work. I have at least 4 hours of homework every night, and taking short breaks on my phone helps me to relax and power through the rest of the assignment. My phone can also be helpful when I don’t understand part of my homework, because I can just text or FaceTime my friends and they can help talk me through it. My parents don’t understand all the good things that come out of my phone use, and the way they see it, I’m just spending hours scrolling through social media and being antisocial. But in reality, I’m talking to friends I don’t get to see all the time, learning new things online, taking pictures and creating new memories, and yeah some of my time is spent on social media, but not enough for it to be a problem.

  29. @Skye Solomon I partially agree with what you have said about this issue. I find it very unfair the way parents seem to boil all your problems down to your phone. I also believe that parents don't often realize the many good things that kids can accomplish on their phones. For me, I mostly use my phone to stay close and make plans with my friends and also stay educated on sports. However, when it comes down to it, phones are mostly a distraction. They can be addictive and huge source of procrastination for kids who should be focusing on things like school and sports. I can judge phones and list all the bad things associated with them, but I also that I will go right back on my phone after I finish writing this. I know that phones can serve as a problem, but I do not think I could restrict the time I spend on mine.

  30. Typically on a school day I do not spend that much time on my phone. To me my homework comes before texting my friends and watching YouTube. Sometimes I get really worried when I am on my phone for more than 6 hours a day on weekends, because that time could be used for something else besides sitting on my bed and on my phone the whole day. My phone does not shape who I am, what I am interested in shapes who I am and for me that is not social media. My parents do not worry about how often I am on my phone, all they care about is me getting my homework done and they know I put my homework before social media. As teenagers who probably spend the most time on their phones don't even realize how long they are on it each day for. Social media and other apps on our phones can cause depression to at least a couple people. Many YouTube videos can impact someones life in a negative way that maybe that person didn't think of when they made the video. We need to know our limit and consequences when it comes to our phones.

  31. Smartphones have become the normal for members of all generations. While some may have an addiction to a new game or recents posts popping up on their feed, most people can control themselves when it comes to screen time. Personally I see my phone and what’s on it (Snapchat, Instagram, Netflix) as a break from homework and studying after a long day at school. However, I can see where parents are coming from when limiting their little kids screen time. When kids are younger ages they should be playing outside rather then being glued to their phones. As kids get older they need to take on more responsibility for themselves and this includes straying away from distractions. Being able to know your limits when it comes to spending time scrolling through Instagram should be learned by the kids themselves instead of forced by their over controlling parents.

  32. I do not think that adults should care all that much about how much their kids are on their phones. People aren't always just watching videos or whatever. For me, I'm talking to people that I don't or can't see everyday. For instance, I have friends that live across the country so I can't just get in a car and see them. But nowadays technology is kinda good. Its more useful then just going off the books in some situations. Coming home after the stress of school and watching a show on my phone or something relaxes me.

  33. That’s true, for there are times technology is needed to be helping in both real life and class works, with the internet you could find sample videos to figure out a problem. Parents sometimes forget the Pros of the use of phones, and could be difficult into trying to help. Also relaxation is a good point, for that built of stress can harm your mentality. Impressive on the advantages of having a phone for work.

  34. Having a strict mother i feel strongly about this topic. My mom frewuently checks my screentime and it feels like i have no time that is mine. Sometimes if i have nothingto do i just want to relax. Like everyone of all ages people enjoy doing things like reading puzzles drawing knitting and now some people are seeing things like going on our phones as hobbies. I do think it is ridiculous for people to be going on their phones all day everyday for more than 8 hours. It isnt healthy for someone to be doing that and i see how that can be a concern for parents. HOwever if the cheking of screentime and phones becomes extreme I know it can strain relationships between the parent and kid. ONce a child gets there phone turned off it triggers them and makes them really upset and can cause them to become stressed. It can also make them feel like they have lost their parents trust. I use my phone at night and afterschool it dosent make me nervous or sleep deprived on the weekends i talk to my friends on the phone pretty late just because its fun but i still get enough sleep and its just like a sleepover but not in real life. I know how to control myself on my phone and only get worried about my phone screentime when im worried my mom will check it and get mad. I feel as if older people are making phone screentime way more serious than it has to be. It dosent get in the way of my life at all because while on my phone im talking to my friends and i still make time 4 cheer

  35. I use my phone for on average 6 hours a day. I typically text my friends or browse social media. I think my phone does have a positive effect on my well-being, it makes everything easy, and makes boring situations less boring. I'm not aware of any negative effects my phone has on me, if there are any. My parents don't worry about the amount of time I spend on my phone, and I don't worry about it either. I can control the amount of time I use it, so it doesn't get in the way of things like friendships or studying. I agree with the latter argument more.

  36. I use my phone for on average 6 hours a day. I typically text my friends or browse social media. I think my phone does have a positive effect on my well-being, it makes everything easy, and makes boring situations less boring. I'm not aware of any negative effects my phone has on me, if there are any. My parents don't worry about the amount of time I spend on my phone, and I don't worry about it either. I can control the amount of time I use it, so it doesn't get in the way of things like friendships or studying. I agree with the latter argument more.

  37. I'll admit that I'm on my phone quite a bit; I use it for around 5 and a half hours every day on average. I use Snapchat, Instagram, YouTube, and Netflix most of the time, however, I also write and read on my phone as well as talk to my friends and family. It helps connect me with resources but definitely also distracts me from doing my work. I think that sometimes what I see on my phone can upset me and can definitely make me jealous of other people's lives, but I also use social media to remind me of how good my life is and what I have. I do think I spend too much time on my phone. It doesn't stop me from socializing, but it can stop me from studying at times. Instead of texting to ask for help with work or doing research, sometimes I find myself scrolling through Instagram or Snapchatting my friends. It can also distract me from sleeping since I start talking to friends instead of going to bed. My dad tells me to get off my phone sometimes when he's trying to talk to me, but sometimes I'd rather watch TV than interact with people. With a busy schedule, it's good to have down time to recharge. I honestly can see why people would think phones amplify mental health issues in teens, but in my opinion my phone helps me stay connected with friends.

  38. @Samantha Rogala Just Five and a half hours a day? We need to bring those numbers up. All jokes aside though, I admit that I also spend most of my day on a screen. Spending roughly Six to Eleven hours causes to come to school with a lack of sleep and at some times, messing up my sleep schedule. Yes there are some problems such as bad posture and maybe some "dangers" that come with facing a screen all day but I agree with you that this device Im currently typing on right now is a good way to communicate with others. In this day and age, i believe that communication is essential to keep up with the daily news. Whether it be homework, social, or productivity related, phones ultimately help kids out (unless they have no sense of time and just stay on it all day without being productive).

  39. I deem this a very tricky question. The question asks do adults have the right to care about how much kids use their phones on average. And the answer is they don't. Well specifically not those adults. The only adults that have the right to care about how much kids use their phone on average is parents or guardians. We are entering anew age where smartphones run everything that is useful to everyday life. Time, payments, ordering things online, communication of all ways, faxing and scanning papers. The list goes on and on. And its only going to keep advancing so adults need to either get on board or zip it. Smartphones aren't life but it is a good part of it and a big help.

  40. In today’s generation, phones are an extremely important part of our day. Our phones allow us access to the world around us in the matter of seconds. However, the average teenager spends hours viewing their phone screens which, as explained by professionals, may have negative implications. Although there is no concrete evidence that demonstrates phone use leading to a decline in mental health, surrounding factors should be considered. Phone use leads to social media which further leads to a world depicted as perfect on sites such as Instagram. A decline in mental health makes heavy connections with the time in which phones became prevalent. Adults should have the right to be concerned for the amount of time teens spend on phone because although technology is our future, there is still a world outside of a screen.

  41. To a certain extent the usage of phones is generally high in both terms of Good and Bad sides. Yet at the same time there is a sense of more Negative effects because of being too much on the phone for less athleticism and may not get enough sleep. The devices are technically the catalyst of the lifestyle we live in today and would lead to less exercising to be healthy. With being unfit, some could feel depressed and the parents/guardians are worried about their children to feel the best for the next day. In order to help them try to limit the playtime but not as much to annoy them and keep on continuing, unless they are used for Good research. Now that’s a reason to use phones to look up information and news that may be worrisome when going out.

  42. I believe there are pros and cons to the use of phones in this generation. I agree that parents have the right to be concerned about the long use of phones for their children, especially preteens. Because of the easily influential addiction to using phones as entertainments for smaller children, it may affect their future and must be concerning for parents. However, the use of phones is also profoundly helpful, as we have access to more information in little time compared to looking for information through other tools.

  43. I would say that if you are in middle school you should definitely have a phone on you just in case if something goes wrong, but when its after school I think that there is some benefit to taking "their" electronics away. Once you are a junior/senior and you have your own car I think it relives some stress and lets you focus more ans since you don't need to communicate with people to get rides and stuff like that the use of a phone is completely for entertainment.

  44. I think that adults restricting their child’s phone access has a negative impact upon their child. Many adults argue that phones disconnect their child from the world but often this is the opposite. Adults view anti social children as a product of phones while in reality they are just introverted children regardless of the phone. Another misconception adults have is that limiting phone usage will help a child’s social life. What adults fail to understand is a large portion of a teens social life is online in the modern era. Teens with restricted phone time often fall behind socially as their peers strive ahead. Overall it is undisputed that phones have integrated themselves in every aspect of our lives and while restricting phone usage is well intended, it is nothing but a handicap.

  45. @Danny Ahern I agree that antisocial children are not a result of phones, but just who they naturally are. In the past, introverted people have had to learn how to be an extrovert. There are so many aspects of society that are geared towards extroverts. School, for example, is full of kids who all learn together, but introverts would learn better on their own than in a big group. Parents say there is an increase of antisocial teenagers, but the reality is that there is an increase in teenagers being themselves and not having to learn to be someone else.

  46. (part 2) Personally, my phone usage is not the root of my anxiety but things that happen on my phone can trigger an anxiety attack that wouldn’t have otherwise happened. That could also be from the amount of time I spend on my phone, looking into things and getting over-involved in online relationships, forgetting to live in real life for a second. Cutting down on my screen time is something I’ve been trying to work on a lot recently. At the moment, I don’t feel it gets in the way of anything I do day to day, such as socializing, exercising, studying. Don’t get me wrong, I procrastinate and play on my phone when I should be doing something more productive but I know when it’s time for a break. No one in my life expresses concern on my phone usage, sometimes I wish they did. Just as a reminder to live a little. I believe that the phone is “just a mirror that reveals the problems a child would have even without the phone.” This is because everything is good in moderation, as my dad says, which applies to everything in life.

  47. If I am being completely honest, I am addicted to my phone, my iPad, whatever glowing screen is in front of me. Like drug addicts, most teenagers will deny that they have a problem, that they don’t actually use their phones *that* much. But I’ll be the first to say it. When I hang out with people, the first thing that comes out at a moment’s silence is our devices. Bored? Phone. Procrastinating? Phone. But this isn’t new information, and adults are all too eager to criticize adolescents for always “being on that darn phone!” However, why are adults not worried about their own personal phone usage? On the train, when I used to see Sudoku books and Kindles, I see phones. My dad claims he is “checking his email!” But I know better than to believe that this problem is exclusive to teenagers and children. Parents, rather than being worried about the amount their child is on their phone, should be worried about the example they have set. As a kid, there was a precedent set in my family that reading was good- it was a reward. However, when parents nowadays use extra screen time as an incentive for their child, that is when problems begin. Parents, rather than worry, should lead by example, and encourage their kids to put down their phones, and reward them with screen-free time.

  48. (part 1) On an average day I spend about 8 and a half hours on my phone, according to my “Screen Time” in my iPhone settings. I am in awe of myself at that number because I feel like I spend far less time in one day on my phone. Typically, I’m snapchatting my friends, scrolling or posting on Instagram, editing photos on VSCO, and texting or calling people or even just streaming music. Using my phone has a positive effect on my well-being. I am able to keep in touch with long-distance relationships and interact with new people every day. It helps me build and maintain relationships that, otherwise, would fail due to the fact I can’t spend every real-life moment with them. Another positive benefit is it allows for immediate feedback rather than before phone it may have taken hours or even days, depending on what era you refer to. Although, there are downsides to using your phone, just as there is to anything you do. Some of those being, if you compare yourself and your life to what you’re seeing online. It’s so easy to get caught up checking other people’s profiles and using that as an expectation of how you should be living your life. People rarely show their real faces on social media which creates a high standard for men and women everywhere. It also makes it very easy to put your opinion out there, which can be an easily abused power.

  49. My phone is an extremely versatile tool. It can be used as a flashlight, calculator, ruler, go-to-entertainment, work, and even scrapped for life saving survival scraps, like batteries, keeping up to date and so much more. It’d be crazy to think about not using it constantly. Life is made easier, a weight of many is lifted when you use your phone. The world is at your fingertips, to call, check emails, send messages, it’s all there. It’d be crazy what I’d do without a phone. My parents are mostly content as I get good enough grades, and my grades don’t seem to be lowered because of my phone. Personally, I think it helps my learning experience as I explore and learn because a chunk of information on the world is right on the internet, accessible by my phone. I use my phone to connect with friends and be entertained in boring situations, on a long car ride, I’d watch a Youtube video or play a game.

  50. As a senior in high school playing two varsity sports, being an Eagle Scout, lifting and or cardio every day of the week and loving to play xbox I manage to spend around four hours and 30 minutes a day on my phone. Most of my time recently has been on snapchat, instagram, and youtube. Using my phone has a more positive effect on myself then if i did not have a phone. Without a phone getting practice times, homework notifications, and communicating with parents would be very difficult. My phone never gives me a sense of loneliness or anxiety. The only time I feel anything negative or sad is when I can't go out or be on a trip and I see pictures of the event. Using my phone helps me with communicating with friends, studying is enhanced through facetime, exercising is put to the test with instant results on steps, speed, and heart rate. After spending less time on my phone does feel good but I also fall behind on my email and my stock trading. Sometimes my parents do comment on my phone usage but I am pretty good about not using my phone during family time. I believe that phones are just a mirror that reveals the problems a child would have even without a phone. This is because people are born and develop problems over time and this has been proven for hundreds of years. Statistics came out saying that phone usage leads to depression but those stats were recently revised due to inconsistencies. This article was a great piece of information for both opinions on this issue.

  51. I use my phone everyday, and not just to be on social media. It can be used a tool to help with homework, communicate in the case of in emergency, and search up information needed. Honestly using my phone has had a more positive affect, but this can go both ways. When I get home from school and sports, I tell my self I’d do my homework at a certain time. It always ends up dragging on because I’m on my phone, which does not help the fact that when I finally start my work I want to go right to bed. However though, when my mom sees me not focused she always threatens to take my phone away. My phone may be a big distraction, but is also a good tool to have. Maybe other students that are addicted like me should be more aware, I am starting to set screen time to limit the usage of my phone and be more successful with getting my homework done. I feel like you need to admit to the fact that you have a problem to help it. Adults should be concerned, but taking away the phone will only make it worse, especially with crabby teenagers today.

  52. @Terra Torres You make a very convincing argument, by providing anecdotes and facts. I agree that adults should be concerned, but it should not be their decision. The child should make the decision, do they want to work hard and achieve their dreams or just rot away on their phone? If they choose the latter, it really is their decision and they can waste their life if they choose to but parents should not have to worry about it. I might spend a little too much time on my phone during the day, but I know when it gets down to crunch time, I will get it done. My phone has a positive effect on me, but I'm afraid I can't say the same for others. It is a good way for me to communicate with my friends, talk to my boss at work, or learn about things.

  53. I catch myself fantasizing about life in the 1900s when people didn’t have smartphones. Living in a world without phones or technology seems so surreal, but it looks so much more fun. Growing up with this type of technology constantly at my fingertips has been great in some respects, but has really taken away from social lives. I don’t think that depression and anxiety is something that technology is causing, like many people have said in the past. In fact, I think that it has become a great platform for people to express themselves if they don’t feel comfortable doing it in person. However, phones have caused genuine conversations to become rare. Unfortunately, I don’t think anyone could live in this world without a phone, anymore. This world and our society has revolutionized around technology. Don’t bother walking to get the newspaper in the morning and reading it on the front porch. With one click of a button, the news is portrayed right before your eyes. Without your phone, you miss out on so much, which explains why our generation uses them so much. Anxiety and depression is still a concern in our generation, but we shouldn’t be blaming technology for it. More so than ever, teens have so many other things to worry about that causes their anxiety or depression.

  54. @Reilly Johnson I do have to disagree with you when saying that technology doesn’t cause anxiety and stress. The internet allows people to show the perfect parts of their life. You get a small view of what they want you to see. When you read online about these perfect people it leads to a loss in self confidence for many people. The internet is truly a unique place. It gives people the ability to express themselves in an uncountable amount of ways. Unfortunately you have to take the good with the bad.

  55. There is a point where too much screen time can become bad. The studies that relate phone use to depression and anxiety are irrelevant because the results are inconsistent. Also, I think that would only matter if you used the phone in the wrong way. Ultimately, parents shouldn't be too worried about their child's screen time because technology is the future. If used in the right way, a phone can open up so many opportunities in today's society. E-sports is becoming more profitable than ever. It is just as profitable as traditional pro sports now. A phone can be used in the wrong way though. If it isn't being used productively, it becomes a burden. However, kids need to be familiar with technology because that is a major part of the future.

  56. I was interested while reading this article because “smartphones” seem to spark a lot of controversy these days. However, although I acknowledge that the culture is changing and young people are becoming more accustomed to using their phones all the time, I do not believe it should be a huge concern to parents. In Nathaniel Popper’s article, he states that studies show that the link between social media and both depression and anxiety among teenagers, is “small and inconsistent.” Of course, social media could certainly enhance one’s previous problems but it’s hard to say that social media is the root cause of it. Like Candice Odgers says, “There doesn’t seem to be an evidence base that would explain the level of panic around these issues.” It’s one thing for a parent to be annoyed at the fact that their child is spending considerable amounts of time on their phone and being very concerned about the overall well-being of that child. I believe that children spending considerable amounts of time on their phone are somewhat missing out and that they should be encouraged to do something else. However, I do also acknowledge the fact that young peoples’ culture is changing and that smartphones are a large part of that. If the opinion that smartphones are causing mental health issues has been debunked, I don’t believe that cell phones should be a worry to parents.

  57. Adults SHOULD be worried about their kids cell phone use. If they are not worried they are simply bad parents. Cell phones can affect child users positively but truly they are a vice on the user's life, regardless of their age. Before smartphones kids were out in the neighborhood's yards playing and enjoying the outside world. They would entertain themselves and the other neighborhood kids with games and sports. Without smartphones, kids had no choice but to go outside, be creative, and live their young lives to the fullest everyday. I have great parents that support and love me unconditionally. They raised me limiting my use of technology and positive effects of their practices still show. I received my first phone in the last week of sixth grade but it came with serious restrictions. Some restrictions were imposed by my parents such as: it was not allowed to be or even charge in my bedroom while I slept, I wasn't allowed to use it when friends or guests came over, I could not use my phone before school. Other restrictions were imposed by myself like: I would not bring it to school, it would not leave the house. I credit these strict limitations to improving my social skills and respect I show for people. I do not feel the draw to my phone to the same extent that my peers do. I think kids are better off without phones because they tend to hurt them more than phones help them in life.

  58. I do not think parents should limit their kids’ phone use and give them some freedom on that. Personally I do not spend over 4 hours on my phone but recently my parents started to try and reduce my phone time, which I do not understand. My phone always gives me only positive emotions and lets me meet new people as well as communicate with friends, and you also need a little distraction sometimes. Yet I never get obsessed over my phone. So I believe that parents should not limit their kids’ screen time and even if there is a LARGE overuse of devices just try to talk and figure it out.

  59. I think that phones are a great thing and that they help us with many things including, everyday tasks but, spending too much time on my phone is not so good. It is 100% better to go out and hangout with your friends or go for a bike around the park. To be active. Although I use my phone quite a lot I try to not look at it every other second like some people. I use my phone for calling my parents, chatting with friends, taking photos, ect. If you spend your whole day on your phone you get nothing done and never go outside. I think that it is important to spend some part of your day outside and being social face to face, not screen to screen. Most people say that being on your screen too much is bad for your health and eyes but I learned a while ago that it just makes your eyes tired and can not damage your eyes. My parents worry alot about me spending time on my phone. They always say that it is not good for me. Sometimes I think that I am spending too much time on my phone but never think it is getting in the way of me being social or getting my work done. My phone actually helps me organize plans with my friends and helps me organize my homework. Overall I think that you should have a balance leaning towards the no phone side.

  60. I probably use my phone for 6 - 8 hours a day. I mostly use it in my free time or when I’m done with my homework, but sometimes I will still get distracted when I’m doing my homework. I have thought about decreasing my amount of screen time, and I also have tried it, but I think I’m addicted to my phone. Every time before I do my homework, it’s quite hard for me to get off my phone. When my parents tell me to do something while I’m on my phone, I always tell them to wait a minute or later. I usually scroll on Instagram, Tik Tok, play games, watch Youtube videos when I’m on my phone. I should start using my phone less and get work done faster because I get distracted very easily when I’m trying to do work, so it might take me an hour to get an assignment that only requires 30 minutes done.

  61. People wonder if buying a phone for their child is a good idea or not. Some say that it’s a good idea while some don’t. However, as a child who owns a phone, I strongly believe that giving a phone to your child is definitely a good idea. My parents gave me a smartphone when I was in 4th grade. When I was young, I used my phone more for entertainment like playing games more than calling and texting my parents. However, as I grew up, I started to use my phone for more “good uses” like texting and calling my parents when I needed an umbrella in school to go home, which had a positive effect on my overall well-being. In addition, using the phone helped me build relationships. In my old school and my current school, my friends and classmates often used SNS like hangouts to have conversations with each other and play together. Adding on, I got along with my classmates and friends well by often talking to them and playing together using our phones. Therefore, it is logical that using a phone helped me build relationships and not get isolated from others. To sum up, using my phone clearly has a positive effect on my overall well-being since it lets me to contact my friends and parents when needed, helps me build relationships, and prevents me from getting isolated from people. Therefore, it is definitely a good idea to give your child a phone.

  62. Using our phone has a positive impact on our lives? Most of the time, I use my phone because I need a break from work, but what am I doing on my phone? Sometimes it’s social media. Even though it can improve our relationships and also help students to express their feelings through posts, but it is usually a waste of time. Sometimes I get off task and get distracted because of youtube. Although youtube can be partially educational, I think it isn’t with what I watch. Of course, when I’m allowed to use my phone, I’ll definitely procrastinate if no one reminds me of work. This can create a negative impact. Every time I’m using my phone too much, I get stuck into it. Sometimes I can even choose is to keep scrolling through my phone than to play basketball with my friends. When this happens, I wouldn’t sleep because of the blue light coming from the phone, and it really hurts my eyes too. However, sometimes when I meet up with my family, I was on my phone so it is kind of rude to my family. If I could control myself to spend less time on my phone, I would benefit a lot more. I can have more spare time to spend with my friends and family, plus also to stay healthy and active. I can also sleep better without my phone because I can relax and just enjoy sleeping.

  63. I think that it doesn’t really matter how you use your phone because usually in every single situation it is beneficial and it does make our lives better. But lets put two examples, someone that uses their phone for social media and someone who uses it for work/homework, the person that only uses it for social media, that’s their choice and who knows maybe they are actually learning and being more social and avoiding depression which in fact being alone makes you become more and more depressed. On the other hand, the other person that actually uses their phone for work or homework is a very efficient and responsible person because they use their phone wisely. yet at the end of the day, it’s still beneficial for both of them, even though you don’t use your time wisely on your phone in most ways it’s still useful and beneficial. It’s also a matter of whether you are responsible or not, because if you are responsible and know when to use your phone for work/homework and when to use it for games and social media, then your phone is basically perfect because its a working tool and since you are responsible you know when u need to work and when you can go on social media basically creating your phone into a working and entertainment tool at the same time by just being responsible.

  64. Nowadays, every kid has a phone and I’m sure 99 percent of them are just clinging to their phones all day. According to the latest study, on average, a child gets their first smartphone at just 10 years old. That same study also showed that by age 12, 50 percent of children have social media accounts like Instagram or Snapchat. It now sounds as if smartphones are bad, but they also have their benefits. Some benefits may include being able to have instant communication with other, being able to take photos using the camera, being able to surf the web, etc. Though there also plenty of disadvantages when it comes to your smartphones like having poor social interaction with people in real life, being addicted to your phone, and having health issues with your body which could be caused by being addicted to your phone. Once you are addicted, you may want to stop yourself, but it’s harder to do then it sounds so you better be prepared for the consequences.

  65. My phone overall, I think counts to be my best friend. This is because whenever I am sad, it would always be there. Whenever I am happy, it is also there to be happy with me. I do everything on my phone. I spend about 9-10 hours a day on the phone if there is no class. But if there is a school then I will spend about 1-2 hours a day. On my phone, I would do a lot of things. I would play a lot of games too like Pubg, league of legends, crossfire legends, clash of clans and many more. I think that using my phone has a positive and negative effect on my life. I made so many new friends on my phone using social media, but I also use less time for my family members. I do feel a bit sleep deprived on some morning, I also feel a bit lonely sometimes too. Since the phone is just a phone. But then I realize that if I am lonely, I can just go to Instagram and talk to my friends. Yes, I do know that I am using my phone for too long every day. But what am I suppose to do at home other than go on the internet? The thing that I worry about most is that we are spending to much time on our phone. For me soon, our society is gonna be controlled by our phone

  66. Usually, I use my phone for around 3-4 hours per day. Mostly I just go on Tik Tok, Insta and youtube. I enjoy using my phone because I get to see what’s happening in the real world. Also, I get to chat with friends. Also, I use my phone to talk to my family. My parents don’t really have a rule on how much I get to use my phone but they always say like don’t use it when eating or doing school work. Personally I think using my phone makes me really positive because I get to listen to music and watch youtube. I don’t really get worried about how much time I spent on my phone because sometimes I just shut it off. I feel like without my phone I can’t communicate with many people and like I get like bored without my phone so I always keep it on me. Personally I don’t think phones increase anxiety because I have never really dealt with anxiety. The only time I think I use my phone too much is when I’m trying to do homework and I keep on getting distracted by my phone. Also when I try to sleep it takes a long time for me because I just go on my phone and it keeps me awake. My parents have never tried to limit the time I get to use on my phone.

  67. Allowing your child to have a phone is a big debate constantly happening in our world today. I believe that my phone benefits my day in countless ways. I'm currently living in Vietnam, before this I was in Dubai for four years and before that I was in the states, I have a lot of different connections around the world. A lot of my friends don't live near me. With this, having a phone allows me to still be in touch with them. Im still very close with many people I may not see a lot because of my phone. As well as this, my phone also helps me keep organized. I can set reminders, alarms, and mark upcoming events in my calendar. On an average day, my phone helps me a lot by letting me communicate with others, plan events and keeping track of myself. Furthermore, as much as it is good there always can be bad. Sometimes my phone can get me to procrastinate. I do feel at times I can be on it a little too much but I do believe it benefits me overall. It's just a simple switch of the mute button. To conclude, my phone is a place where I can go to keep in touch with others, share new interests, and help keep me organized. Although at times it can distract me, I overall think it's more of a pro than a con on a typical day.

  68. I think parents should be worried about how much time their child spends on electronic devices such as phones, ipads, and computers. Phones are great in many ways but not always. When kids are constantly on their phones they don't know how to act in real life cause they are so used to looking at their phone all day. I think parents should wait until they're child is at least 12 to buy them a phone.(got mine at that age) Parents should also have some restrictions on their child's screen time and make sure that they are not on their phone too much. I've seen a lot of people who are addicted to their phones and can't go a day without it, I think if parents were more mindfull of their child's cell phone use this would not happen.

  69. Technologies are being more advanced. Because of this, there are a lot of phones in the world. People are buying more phones every day so more phone companies are born. If you go around, you will see that most everyone has a phone (usually smartphones). Phones used to be devices that are used to call people far away. Now, it is getting more advanced. We can call chat, text people far away, post things so everyone can see, etc. This is called social media. Everyone wants to get their hands on a phone, so companies like Apple, Samsung make billions of dollars. Phones are now people’s friends and they can spend hours looking at their phones. Most of them play games on their phones, be on social media for many purposes, etc. Little we know that phones are bad for us. They don’t make people live better, but phones can be dangerous. Hackers can steal people’s information and money by hacking your phones. They can know everything you put on your phones. Moreover, the screens on phones produce lots of light. These lights are bad for our eyes and can make us have eye diseases if we use them regularly. In addition, phones produce radio waves that are bad for our brains. Phones can catch on fire or explode if we put them on the cushions during charging. Most people don’t know this yet. So people should be aware of this. Phones can shorten people’s lives. So we should be aware of how many hours we spend on the phones.

  70. Should adults be concerned about how much the youth are on their phones? I think yes. As a result of being 16 and living daily in the collateral damage of "screen addiction" I see what it is doing to my friends, peers, family and even myself; and the effects are anything but positive. Technology such as smart phones were developed with the intention to bring our society together by introducing immediate communication. But this development has exploded into so much more with new developments such as: smart televisions, Ipads, Air pods, Alexa, and Self driving cars. This technology that was initially introduced to bring us has driven our society apart by creating a culture that encourages a sense of entitlement, immediacy and laziness. Additionally, Phones in specific have become a tool for young adults and kids to avoid social interaction. So, as a result, instead of learning hard yet, valuable social lessons new generations are burring themselves into their phones. Therefore creating a society of people who are unable to communicate and interact.

  71. My opinions on the usage of phones aren’t that welcoming because I believe that phones bring negative effects to your daily life. I surely do enjoy using my phone to communicate with my friends and watch entertaining videos, but it has brought a lot more negative effects to my life. When I’m on my phone, I usually use social media to communicate with my friends. Texting your friends on your phone is simply very fine and it could be convenient and more neat but I have noticed that social media makes me very desperate for text replies. I got very stressed whenever I didn’t get enough messages from certain people and this made me obsessive. People not texting me enough was a sign that I wasn’t good enough and it made me feel lonely and sad. I absolutely hate being lonely and when people don’t text back and leave me on read, the thought of me having no friends and being lonely deepens. Due to these negative effects, I have decided to delete all social media and decrease the amount of phone usage. Using my phone to text people and use social media made me a negative person and I really disliked it. Without social media, I believe that I could stop using my phone more than my past.

  72. Yes, I do. On a typical day, I usually use my phone for about 4 hours, mostly chatting, listening to music and reading ebooks, and I enjoy doing these. My phone has a positive effect on me since chatting makes me feel less isolated, it also helps in building relationships. This is really a helpful effect on me, it keeps me encouraged and I know that people care about me. I also can learn some writing techniques from reading ebooks too. There aren’t any negative effects shown now, it doesn’t make me feel worried or any other. My parents have tried to limit my screen time but after they realized it doesn’t stop me from focusing on my homework on time, they pretty much let me go. That’s why I haven’t worried about my screen time since it doesn’t affect my process of doing my homework or study for a test, etc. Overall, my usage of my phone has a positive effect on my mental health.

  73. I used to spend 4-5 hours on my phone, but now I normally spend about 2-3 hours on my phone on a normal day. I would usually go to apps like YouTube, Instagram, Snapchat, Messages, and I would sometimes play games. Having my phone makes me less bored, I can even do my school work, I can easily text or call my parents and friends. It’s just a really helpful and handy device. But, it could make me dizzy and sleepy sometimes. I’ve tried to limit my screen time to only about 1-2 hours but I would just go back to 2-3 hours after a week. I am aware that smartphones can be really unhealthy, but there are just too many positive sides. My parents would sometimes tell me to stop using my phone and rest my eyes, but they have now come to realize that it doesn’t take away my school work/homework time, it doesn’t take away my sleeping time and that nothing will really change if I stopped using my phone. I understand if you think that smartphones are bad for you, but think about it if you know when you use it, where you use it, how you use it, and how long you use it, then it may change your mind.

  74. I believe that using phones does not negatively affect me in my daily life. To me, a phone is a tool that helps to book Grabs and received calls, which takes me less than 15 minutes a day from Monday to Friday. But on the weekend, I usually spend about 45 minutes a day on my hobby. I usually visit my grandma’s house at the weekend and I love to film my dogs’ activities. You may think its boring and weird but not if you have 3 dogs, a very big garden with a river on the side and you are being banned from playing games. I usually take photos and videos of my dogs playing as well as learning more about their habits like photos of them swimming in the river or eating grass (LOL). Also, I like hearing music and watching youtube videos on my phone. Hearing songs while exercising helps me to get less bored. I really enjoy using my phone like that and it does not affect my ability to socialize. That’s why I can tell you that the phone does not bring any negative effect on me but a tool in making life easier and more exciting.

  75. I have a problem with mobile devices. I admit I am very much obsessed with them. I can’t imagine my life without these devices. I wish I can imagine that. I wish I can just stay away from my computer and phone because I do realize that it’s slowly destroying me. But it’s my only access to listen to songs I like, watch youtube videos, play games, and most importantly, talk with my closest friends. Luckily, I’m not obsessed with it in the way of constantly checking social media like Instagram and Twitter. I have accounts but I barely use them. What I do use 24/4 is YouTube. I could spend hours upon hours watching people play games, live their life, complete challenges, and all that fun stuff. It makes me feel happy and entertained. I don’t like not being occupied. It feels lonely, so I fill that loneliness up with these videos and group chats with my friends. I can lose sleep over it though. I can lose track of time while watching these videos and not sleep or do my homework. So while it has made my life better in some aspects, I need to start disciplining myself.

  76. I can admit that I do go on my phone and my laptop a lot during the day. Sometimes it's for school work but I will say most of the time its just for fun. I can't think of a life without them and I know that's really sad to say but its the truth. This is the way I can talk to my friends that I'm not with or even my friends that live all the way in America or Germany. The thing is I don't just us the things for watching videos or playing games. I use them for getting the news, talking to my friends, and listening to music. Yes, there is a factor that is saying that it's bad because of social media but I love social media. I don't have to go on it every day but its a place where you can see what your friends are up to or learn something new. I follow this Instagram account where all they do is tell you how great you are and they build you up. So yes there are some dark sides of social media but there are also light sides. But I will say I do think that I use my phone and laptop too much. Sometimes I think about how I want to go for a walk or doing something with the day but then I just get on my phone and next thing I know its 2 hours later. There have also been times where I have found out that my friends were hangout and they did not invite me and I have felt upset by that. Sometimes I do waste away that day on my laptop and phone. I would say at the end of the day it up to you to think about how much time you are on them because there have good things and also bad things.

  77. In my opinion, adults should be worried about their little children who are spending too much time on their phone. What about teenagers? I think they should let them manage their time by themselves. Yes, sometimes they could spend too much time being out of real life and then you can talk to them. And when i say “talk” i mean real talking and not just start yell at them because of that. Most of the teenagers could have a hard time because of all the stress and anxiety they are going through, no wonder why they are trying to hide themselves in the phone. In this case parents should definitely talk with them about their problems and of course give them support.

  78. I do not believe that increased phone use is the cause of the increase in mental health issues in teens. I believe that it is simply a correlation. Phones can be used as a coping mechanism. It can be used to distract from anxieties and escape from the real world. There are many positive uses phones have to help deal with mental health issues. I believe that the real cause of the increase of mental health issues in teens is based around school. Many students feel the pressure to get good grades so they can get into a good college so they can get a good job. There is so much pressure put on kids to make decisions that will affect their future that they feel very anxious about the what if scenarios. “What if I don’t get good grades” and “What if I don’t get into a good college”. The pressure drives the students to work really hard and not care about what they need to give up to be successful in school. Most teens stay up late finishing homework and don’t get enough sleep. Sleep is one of the most important things to keep good mental health and many teens are giving up sleep to succeed in school. I believe that this is the main reason for the decline of mental health in teens, not phone use.

  79. I spend about 4 hours and 25 minutes a day on Instagram. When I use my phone I get a lot of good information about what's going on around the world. I’ve had a lot of crazy things happen in relationships that have made my life crazy and a lot of people left my life. When I use my phone a lot of crazy things have happened with my loved ones. It helped me keep in touch. I did not start feeling lonely until I started seeing my friends with their girls and posting each other on their page because of what they had I always thought I needed what other people had. I needed to find a type of creation for only I can know or only I can have a side with my pain and thoughts of every thing that ever hurt me could be kept in my dark side. I'm never on my phone too late and I am always on time to do what needs to be done and never missed sleep time during school. My education is the first thing on my mind day in and day out. I spend a lot of time off my phone also. I have boxing and work to go to when I’m not on my phone. I've really been keeping to myself. My mom doesn't really like me being on my phone because of what people are saying and doing on their phones. I’m ok on my phone. I only do things I'm supposed to do.

  80. My average screen time is 6 hours, I typically do some research, watch tv, and talk on my phone. Using my phone has a positive effect on me because it has good resources like the Internet. I can also make phone calls, do useful and important things by using my phone. It makes me feel connected to the world. It can help me build relationships with people over the web.The way I use my phone sometimes can have a negative effect. For instance it can be a distraction when I am doing something important. When I read bad things it can somewhat affect me in a negative way. If I have too many problems it can cause stress. I do not spend that much time on my phone and if I saw myself developing a bad habit I would do something about it. The only reason I use my phone is because I don't go out a lot. I have spent less time on my phone by reading instead of going out somewhere, playing outside. My aunt tells me I don't always have to be on the phone “yall can go outside if yall want’ I try not to spend a lot of time on my phone I even things out so I have a balance.

  81. @Brianna I agree that with using my phone, I am able to make good use out of it. I use my phone to use the internet for my homework, and I also use it to contact my friends if I have any further questions. My phone has helped me positively, where it's become a great resource that helps e throughout everyday and also entertains me when I need to. Parents see phones as such a negative thing, when in reality, they're not as bad as they think. However, there is a downside to phones and technology. As much as my phone helps me, it's also my biggest form of distraction. I admit, even when writing this response, I got distracted by using my phone. I believe I have developed a bad habit by using my phone too much, however, I don't believe that it's harming me as much as parents may think. I think my parents should worry less about how much I use my phone because I really do use it in a way where it helps me daily and positively instead of negatively. I see different methods that you use to try to avoid using your phone, and I should develop methods to avoid using mine before it becomes a bigger problem.

  82. Parents should be worried about their kids and always check up on them. But as a kid, I can tell my parents that there's nothing to be worried about. The phone is like a distraction from the real world. Some people can handle it and some cannot. Some people are good at managing their time and can use their phones once they finish everything. But then some people can't manage their time and waste all their time on their phone. But phones are a great thing for kids, they can create new opportunities. People can meet new people online that they could never before in real life. For example, I met my best friend online and now today I can see him whenever I want since we live close to each other. He's the most supportive best friend I've ever had. He has been like a role model for me since he's a couple years older. The phone isn't just a distraction you can keep up with the news or just what's going on in the world. Humans don't like being left in the dark they want to know what's happening so they know what to expect. Phones can be a distraction if the user doesn't use it appropriately. Meaning if they stay on the phone all night and not do any of their homework or the work they were supposed to be doing. I would consider that not appropriate. But in the end us students should always be monitored because we need guidance in our lives. Our phones can lead us to a bad place and our parents need to set us in the right direction.

  83. I cannot deny that I use my phone often. However, I cannot say that I believe it harms me in any way. I mainly only use my phone for music, videos, and texting, and calling. I also spend time playing games. However, my phone has such small storage I can only fit two games on, Clash of Clans and Plague inc. People are commonly associating social media with negative impacts, but that doesn't affect me; besides, I don't use social media. The closest I have come to social media is texting my friends and using Snapchat lenses to look like a french fry. So I do believe my phone does not have a negative impact on my life.

  84. @Rowan I believe that your phone starts to negatively affect your wellbeing if you are on it for more than id say like 3 hours. I get it, like the time when you're on the bus or want to listen to music it's fine. But if the first thing you think about when you get home is "oh I need to check Instagram" I think that can lead to some problems.

  85. Usually I spend from as little as 1 hour to a whole 8 hours on my phone. I think using my phone on a typical day has its benefits and positive impacts. On a typical day, a phone can be very useful and entertaining. For example, you can contact people, search things, go on social media, listen to music, etc. By simply socializing, your mood could vastly improve and in my case, that is true. Phones may have its benefits and positive impacts, but it also has its negative impacts. I find that my phone tends to keep me distracted from my school work and I tend to use it more than I should. I do enjoy using my phone, but it does lead me to picking up my bad habits like procrastinating and being isolated. Although I have tried to limit the amount of time I spend on my phone, sometimes it does work and sometimes it doesn’t. My parents have also told me that I use it too much. They say that it keeps me distracted from my work and that spending the amount of time I spend on my phone is unhealthy. It seems that the less I use my phone, the more productive I tend to be.

  86. @Cherry That is so true. Sometimes if I have an extremely busy day I will probably glance at my phone no more than 10 time. On the other hand I will be on it all day long. I think one of the biggest issues is having the strength to put it down and just live life.

  87. Headline: How Do Phones Cause Problems? I spend a lot of time on my phone. Around 4 hours. I usually just watch YouTube or talk to some friends. Spending time on my phone helps me relax. Talking to people does help me stay connected and allows me to talk to friends that live far away. Using my phone doesn’t really affect me in any negative ways, I don’t usually get stressed because of things going on involving my phone. I spend a lot of time on my phone because I am not worried about my health. Every day I will run or surf, and that is for a minimum of an hour running and I will surf for a minimum of 3. If I sit around all day on my phone that is when I start to feel bad, I mentally cannot just sit on my phone for longer than a certain period of time. My parents have never limited my screentime. They will take my phone though. If I sit on my phone they will keep telling me to get off, if I don’t they will just grab it and keep it until the next day. I think phones definitely are a problem. Not too much for me but I totally see how they can become an addiction and an issue. I think these devices just create issues, without them we wouldn’t have many issues. There isn’t really anything that reflects my own experience.

  88. @Justin Bolsoy I agree with you. I consider myself one of those people too who does not have a problem with their phone. In terms of i am not addicted to it. I have priorities and technology nor my smartphone gets in the way of them. I know what time i should go to bed etc. So the thing here is that i think it just depends on the person. "they say, the phone is just a mirror that reveals the problems a child would have even without the phone." This is a quote that i agree with. Some people claim that technology is keeping teenagers from engaging in the real world and is affecting their social life. I don't believe that is the truth with everyone. I believe that some people for example that are shy, and timid but are a whole different person over the internet would still be timid and shy even if the internet did not exist. Than again i think this all depends on the person

  89. Phones have both good and bad things to them. Although it is impossible to avoid today. Teachers use them for assignments, schools use it for a grading system, some jobs even use them to clock-in and out. One of the questions asked on a syllabus is if you have internet available to you. In the article it mentions " recent rise in suicide and depression among teenagers was linked to the arrival of smartphones." This makes sense because at the end of the day everything is on the internet. Good and bad. But it is a matter of how strong minded one is and the influence we present ourselves with. It also says "the number of children with mental health problems who are helped by social media because of the resources and connections it provides." This is something that other generations need to understand about this generation. That yes phones can help others too in so many different ways. Technology is so advanced today that you are able to control was goes through your feed. If you only make positive things available to you you will have positive results.

  90. During the day I usually use it for 3-4 hours when I have school but on the weekends I use it for 5-6 hours a day. I usually watch YouTube or talk with friends when I use my phone. Using my phone after school helps me relax after I do my homework. Having a phone definitely helps me connect with my friends that I don't get to see very often. I don't experience any negative effects of using my phone except sometimes getting a little tired. Using my phone doesn't get in the way of socializing with my friends it actually helps a lot because some of them live very far away. My mom sometimes worries how much time I spend on my phone but she just tells me to go do something for a little. I think that phones can in some cases have negative effects on teens mental health but it's what happens on the phone and if they have problems nobody noticed beforehand.

  91. I use my phone a lot more than most people. I am not addicted to my phone or anything. During Week Without Walls, it was not bad without my phone. When most people use their laptops or go outside I use my phone. My average screen time is pretty high compared to most people but its also because most of my non-tech related hobbies, I use my phone too. I like to paint and even when I’m painting I have my phone on the side watching Netflix. I stay up at night and I use my phone because my laptop is so big and I don’t like to use it at night as much. I scroll through tik tok at night because it is fun. The for you page is really interesting because there is a lot of funny videos and they are addicting to watch. I also use skype to call instead of using my laptop because sometimes my laptop glitches since its really old, and in the middle of the call it just stops. So in all my screentime on my phone is pretty high.

  92. Nowadays, we see young children using iPhones and we don’t think anything of it. But should we? Parents give kids phones at young ages because kids gives there parents a simple reason as to why they need a phone; it’s to stay connected, to the parents or friends. But looking at how kids use phones it actually makes them disconnected. My little sister who’s in 5th grade got a phone when she was only in 4th at the age of ten, which is the average age that a kid gets a smart phone. When she got it she started to go outside and playing with toys less. When I was her age I was outside with my friends everyday. We never ran out of things to do or adventures to go on. Look at her, she has the same amount of friends, but when they’re over they’re only on their phones, every 5 minutes they might turn to show the other a post but then they go back to staring at there phones. I believe that adults should be worried when it comes to(667 directly connected to the fact that she has a phone. The phone is making her more isolated because she’ll post a Tic Tok and wait to see how many likes it get. Kids are on there phones all day instead of outside and playing with there friends. Which would be a cause of concern for parent.

  93. I got a smartphone only a month ago, at the age of thirteen, because my parents felt very strongly about this issue. I had had a flip phone for a year prior but never really used it because it took so long to type anything and it only had texting (no TikTok, Facebook, not even group chats). I convinced my parents to get me a real phone after all my friends had one. Now I use it for about an hour a day. This is pretty low compared to most people, but that doesn't change the fact that that is more time than I spend playing trumpet, for example, which I definitely think of as more of a hobby than "being on my phone". I'm not really sure why- I use my phone for texting with friends, geocaching, and other apps, none of which take a lot of time. I notice that my screen time has really gone up now that I can't see my friends because of Coronavirus. My parents are really pushing back against this, which I think is unfair as they are on their phones to stay connected all the time too. Generally I feel that being outside with friends is preferable than texting with them, but with Coronavirus around, I think it's time to make an exception.

  94. I think that it is okay for kids to go on screens as long as they are not missing opportunities like hanging out with friends. Screen time is a thing to do when kids are bored. My parents limit my screen time and I think they should give me more screen time. My screen time doesn't interfere with the time I spend with family and friends. I think it is okay for kids to use screens, just not all of the time.

  95. I don't have a phone, but I usually spend 2-3 hours a day on my Chromebook, and I usually watch videos on youtube or look into different topics that my mind wonders about, like politics, or the coronavirus. I don't realize any effects that my laptop has on my well being, so I assume that there aren't that many effects. It doesn't help me build relationships that much. And when I use my device, I don't feel isolated. Some of the positive benefits are letting you know about what is happening in the world and letting you interact with others on a digital platform without transmitting diseases of any kind. One of the negative effects may be mood swings. I say this because usually, I am pretty mad when my parents tell me to get off, when before I was completely content with what I was doing. I usually worry about the time I spend on my device when I have homework. I keep telling myself to do my homework, but then I also tell myself, well just one more video, again, and again, until I don't have any more time until my parents make me go to sleep and I have to do my work in my bed. My parents don't worry because they believe that I can have my own time to myself. They do however limit my video game time to 1-hour per day (if there is no school that day). I responded well because I respect my parents and I believe in following their rules. I agree with the second argument because devices are just a mirror that presents us with problems we would just face without our devices

  96. I use my phone around 3 hours during the week. My parents set up a screen time limit so im not on it as much. I think its okay to go on your phone as long as your not choosing your phone over hanging out with friends or other good opportunities. Normally on my phone I play games, watch YouTube and interact with my friends. I think most days I use my phone a fair amount then I would go outside and get fresh air or do something else that doesn't involve an iPhone. Plus i'm pretty athletic so sitting down on my phone for a little bit doesn't affect me.

  97. I spend around one hour on my phone over the course of an average day. Using my phone does have a positive effect on my overall well-being, because I use my phone to maintain social connections with my friends and family. If I'm feeling sad or just generally run-down, a message from my best friend can turn my whole day around. Comments on social media also tend to brighten my mood. Whenever I feel lonely, I just text one of my friends, and we end up having an entire conversation. However, I must admit that when I spend too much time on social media, I do begin to feel restless. If I waste numerous hours looking at people's posts, I start to feel sad and lethargic. I do not worry about spending too much time on my phone. Instead of getting in the way of socializing, I argue that my phone actually helps me to socialize. I must say, however, that I have found myself easily distracted by my phone when I am supposed to be doing schoolwork. Sometimes I stay up quite late scrolling through Instagram, or trolling around on YouTube. My parents have expressed concern about the amount of time I spend on my phone, so they have tried to help me cut back on my screen time by limiting it. I have not protested, because it's not like I have a choice, so I see no point in arguing. I find myself agreeing with the second side of the argument. Phones do not have anything to do with the increasing number of youths who are depressed, lonely, and/or anxious.

  98. Looking at the screen gave me abundance in entertainment but after focusing on the screen I had a pain in my body. When working it leads to getting off-task.While meeting a friend using the phone which shortens the amount of interaction we can have.

  99. A Screen can be a bad thing. But it can also brighten a persons day completely. Having friends to talk to on apps like house party of face-timing a friend when your down are ways to keep us happy. The Data that parents keep on reading is inconsistent and untrue. Smart phones can provide a healthy way to express yourself on social media.

  100. Before the COVID-19 quarantine, I was spending 1-2 hours on my phone each day. Because I haven't been able to do my activities due to quarantine, I have been spending 3-4 hours on my phone. I usually spend most of my time on my phone texting friends. I do more now because of all the social isolation. And I also use Pinterest and YouTube to keep myself entertained when I'm bored, which is a lot more often this week than it has been. Being on my phone usually doesn't have a negative outcome on my relationships. It's actually quite helpful for me because I can stay in touch with friends when (before the quarantine) we were all doing things for sports and music and we couldn't be together. In those cases, a phone becomes quite necessary for us to connect and interact. It's when kids use their phones for entertainment too much that it becomes a problem. I have seen many kids at school who can't seem to get off Instagram or Snapchat. Even in class, they'll be scrolling through Instagram feeds, updating their story, or snapchatting with friends. At lunch, they're still using their phones. They can't seem to get enough of their phones. They make TikToks, take pictures with friends for Instagram, and continue scrolling through their Instagram feeds. These are also the kids who hate any form of exercise. The ones who always want to get out of PE. The ones who don't care about their grades and are happy failing. That is when social media and screens become a problem.

  101. I spend roughly 1 minute per day on my AlCATEL handheld mobile device. Usually, I am using it to call or text my friends to try to organize meet-ups with them. I think having my phone has had little to no effect on my well being, but it might if I ever need to call 911 or am lost. My phone doesn't really connect me to any resources. I don't think my phone makes me depressed or sleep-deprived. I don't worry about my phone, and don't think it interferes with studying or anything else. My parents don't try to limit my use of my phone. I think so called 'smart-phones' are horrible demonic devices that increase anxiety and decrease productivity in a way similar to my school given i-pad that I am using to type this.

  102. Adults everywhere have the impression that young teens owning their screen is bad. I have been told this from teachers, family members, and friends and I don't think it is fair when people see me on my phone, and they mark me as addicted and assume I am on it as long as possible. Maybe that person caught at the one time I used it that afternoon, they don't know my habits and yet they jump to conclusions anyway. I have heard the horror stories about the anti-social teens that have become a slave to their online selves and how certain social media are opportunities for cyberbullying. I understand that a screen can become addictive and it exposes teens to sleep deprivation, but sometimes, parents are worried about issues before the problems have arisen. I use my phone for 1 hour and 30 min a day on average, and I do enjoy texting friends and playing games. I strive to limit the amount of time I am on a screen because no one wants to be an anxious, tired, smartphone loving zombie. Even though it is true that a lot of people do use their phones excessively, many kids try to make the right decisions when it comes to screens, so labels shouldn't be placed before having a good amount of insight on the situation.

  103. On the days when i was not under quarantine, i spent about an hour and a half on my phone a day. I would use it for mostly homework help or contacting my friends. Now my days with the quarantine, i spend most of my days on my device. That being near 4 or even 5 hours a day. The majority of the time ill be calling my friends out of boredom and listening to music. Contacting my close friends definitely has a positive effect on my attitude, making me feel much less more lonely and they have their ways of making me laugh. However, there are more positive benefits that come from using my phone than just reaching out to people. There are plenty of apps that are fun to use and that keep me busy, there are too many to name. That being said based on my experience i gain many healthy and positive effects from my phone. I've had barely any negative run-in's with using my device. I know some people that get sad seeing others lifestyle's or that they aren't as happy as someone but i believe having a phone doesn't automatically make you depressed or "too addicted" to it, as most adults think. I do not think that spending too much time of a device is bad. You could be typing out a long essay that requires lots of focus. Most parents or guardians i know, are worried about how long their child spends looking at a screen. I do think however, you need to know your kid well. and what they will be, or are doing on the device.

  104. @Samantha I agree with this and believe that the things phones provide allow kids and teens to know more than they would reading a book.

  105. On most days I spend about 2 hours on my phone. It makes me feel more connected with my friends and friends who have moved to different states or countries. Even though it makes me feel more connected with everybody it can create anxiety depression and suicide. Personally I have not experienced these things but I know people who suffer from anxiety that could be caused by social media. My parents are very strict about how much time I spend on my phone because of some of these reasons.

  106. Technological devices are a very popular feature among the world. Included in the plethora of technological devices are smartphones. I myself have a smartphone, but I don't often use it. The maximum time per day that I use it is near two hours. The things that I do on my smartphone mainly include socializing with my peers. I believe that using my smartphone has a positive affect on me, because without it I wouldn't be able to talk to many of my friends and family members. Of course, living without a phone would be easy, as I did live without a smart phone for about 11 years, although the feeling of isolation may be more prominent if the ability to long-distance communicate is taken away. Also, sleep-deprivation is not something that I would associate with the use of phones for myself, because I typically go to sleep at an early hour to limit my time on the screen. The adults in my life are not concerned about my use of smartphones, as well as I. My smartphone is used as a way of communication, not a way of constant entertainment. Though I face no mental health issues regarding technology, I can see why prolonged exposure to screens can cause issues. Maybe it's the fact that you didn't get enough likes on a picture or no one responded to your text message. Thoughts like this can cause problems, but it is all about the way that you decide to use technology. All in all, problems with technology are caused by your perspective and way of using phones, not the screen itself.

  107. On average, I spend about 2 hours on my phone every day. I usually spend time talking to friends, scrolling on social media, or listening to music. While that time could be spent doing other, more stimulating things, I think that my phone hasn't had an entirely negative effect on my well-being. I stay connected to friends and I learn new things, and I have access to a wider world of resources and interesting material. Of course, I do my best not spend too much time on my phone. Thankfully, being on a screen rarely affects my mental health Staying up later on a screen can cause eyestrain and sleep deprivation, which I sometimes feel the effects of. I do worry that I spend too much time on my phone, especially because I could be doing more productive things with that time, but my phone can help me with studying and socializing. It doesn't really get in the way of school and time with family, as long as I manage my time. I think that both sides of the argument are true in some ways. Yes, phones happened to become more popular at the same time that these many problems mentioned in the article became more widespread, but there is definitely a connection between the two. Plenty of people pin issues that stem from other things on phones and technology, which can give cell phones a bad rap when it comes to mental and physical health. Despite this, the argument of whether phones cause problems is still very relevant, and phones do have bad effects along with the good ones.

  108. Overall, I feel adults should monitor and be worried about how much their children use their phones. Especially for younger children, If they see people on their phones of are on their own devices for 6 hours a day they will grow up thinking this is the norm. Anyone with a device can spiral their usage out of control if its not monitored. I feel that putting a cap on phone usage may give children good self control skills and in reality most of phone usage isn't productive or useful and they can be missing out on valuable activities. Personally, I use my phone about 3 hours a day for safari searches entertainment and social media. I feel my phone has both positive and negative effects on my well being. Positively it can help me with basic research and relax and unwind but negatively it takes me away from reality and I can sometimes fall into a hole of constant non productive usage from scrolling through YouTube and Instagram. I sometimes worry about my screen time because I recognize that I fall into that hole when I could be socializing. My parents sometimes express concern but never to the point where they needed to take my phone or put a cap on the time.

  109. I don't think think that adults should act the way they do over smartphones, However they are limiting screen time with good intentions, Probably from a story on the news that says negative things about phones.

  110. Personally, I really think adults should stop relying on studies to evaluate new mobile technology in its entirety. The most significant divide between adults and teens when it comes to smartphones is that older generations see them as a distraction like television. In comparison, younger generations see it as a tool. Like a T.V., a phone can be an endless portal to media that has even more variety than the original cable television. However, unlike a T.V., mobile technology can be used for work. In the light of the coronavirus, schools across America have shifted to ‘online learning,’ an alternative to school that was initially used for children with abnormal situations, to continue their education. This has only been possible in recent years, and is now entirely accessible on one’s smartphone, in addition to a desktop. I do feel that the problem lies in someone willing to spend hours scrolling, merely being a voyeur to content. Enjoying social media for hours on end without engaging with others on the site, is when things can become dangerous, and smartphones become an addiction. However, iPhones now have the tools to monitor not only how long a device has been used but also which apps are used the most. For parents who are considered, these reports can be the revealing factors that indicate how your child is actually using their phone.

  111. No, I feel like they should know their child and how they behave with and without the phone. If we are fine with and without our phones they should not be worried about how much we are on it. If it is impacting the child negatively then yes they should be worried.

  112. No, I don’t think adult let alone parents should be worried about the amount of time one uses their phone. While a phone used excessively could be bad for mental health in children, one would know when to stop using their phone, whether it be they start feeling something bad, or they got to eat. Most kids and teen know when it’s time to stop, so I think parents shouldn’t need to worry about how much we use it.

  113. I suppose I am fairly biased, but I don´t believe they should be. That is to say, if they were, which they are not. Most people's lives are built around technology; especially now that we are confined to our homes. On an average day, I spend- all day. Mostly. I am either writing stories in Docs, reading on the internet, or listening to music. As an introvert, I don't ever feel isolated. So, no. My phone helps me improve my writing skills and allows me to get reference for/if I need it while drawing. The only negative affect is that sometimes I get headaches, but that's about it. I could try to spend less time on my phone, but that would mean writing on paper instead, and I´d rather not waste. I am pretty content, I have no complaints about my phone usage.

  114. Should adults in your life be worried by how much you use your phone? I believe they should. This is their job as adults. Especially in today's society with the amount of time kids spend on their phone, I believe adults should be worried. In relation to me, my mother doesn’t allow me to spend too much time on my phone. In fact, she doesnt allow me to spend too much time on any internet device. There are many negative effects of too much time on your phone or any device. This is my opinion on if adults should be worried by how much time you use your phone.

  115. Should adults in your life be worried by how much you use your phone? I believe they should. Kids spend a lot of time on their phone whether on social media, games, or spend time watch shows.,etc... What kids/teen see online can really effect them. For example social media can bring teens think they have to be and look like everyone on social media. Which can effect teens self-esteem, confidents, and mental health. Also gruesome things can be seen. which can leave teen traumatized. Being on your phone too much can also effect your physical health. Adults should be worried and check how much time you're using your phone. Limiting your time on teens phone can help because they will do productive things and be social with their family can go outside. Adults should be worried about the time teens are one their phone. it can help teen tremendously.

  116. Yes adults should be concern about how much technology is consuming not only children but everyone in society. You can look anywhere- in your house, store, park, etc tecnology is basically everywhere. We don't realize it but even our own children spends a couple hours glued to their phones all the time. It's becoming a big issue that needs more attention.

  117. I believe they should be concern about how much technology is consuming not only children but everyone. Although if we are fine with and without our phones they should not be worried about how much we are on it. I think parents should wait until they're child is at least 14 to buy them a phone.(got mine at that age) Parents should also have some restrictions.

  118. Technology is nowadays, essential for us. Adults should care about how many time we use our phone because the world is not only technology. More than be worried of the time spend in technology, adults should show us the real world and maybe have a little control of the use of the devices. More than adults, everyone should care about how they use electronic devices and the time spend in them.

  119. I understand why this would be a concern but I definitely dont think phones and depression/anxiety are a direct link. I do not believe it is the screen time itself causing the uproar of bad mental health but rather what we are being exposed to through the screen. These days there is absolutely no limit to what we can see, hear, or read on our phones. As well as almost no limit to what we can say. When these things are put together, you have young people being exposed to not only the real and scary world but the scary people in it. Theres climit issues, political issues, all kinds of negative things we are exposed to along with people who say rude things that don't deserved to be said. If anything its a cold, hard piece of the world that is damaging mental health, not the screen itself.

  120. I understand why some parents might be worried about the time their kids spend on their phones, but I believe these worries reveal more about human nature than phones. People are often resistant to change. For example, when paper was first introduced, adults worried that kids wouldn't be able to use and clean a slate properly. It really doesn't make sense to worry about phones. Any negative impacts would likely be present with or without much phone usage.

  121. The new introduction of technology brings up many debates between kids and parents. I can see why parents are sometimes concerned about their children overusing their phone and other technology. I think that phones can mess up productivity and cause you to get off task. I feel that this is why parents get concerned because sometimes they might not get everything done that they need to. This than results in the child facing problems and I believe the parents shouldn’t worry if the kids are on their phone as eventually they will learn to be disciplined with it or else they will find that they are going no where in life. Life is a process of learning, yes parents can help with that but I think that if the child learns it on their own it will be more beneficial. Also I think that it would help if parents gave them sly reminders about time management and phone usage to put them in the right direction.

  122. Although technology in this time and age is essential, I started becoming worried that I was using my phone too much when I started talking and communicating less. I looked for a psychologist irvine ca and found Dr. Kermott at https://www.therapysummit.com/ He has been very helpful in helping me to identify and cope with my phone addiction. He is very knowledgeable and shows he cares for my well being in a very professional and experienced way. I cannot thank him enough for improving my quality of life and it's only been 10 weeks!

  123. Phones are very essential in this generation and I feel as if people have overused the benefits of the phone, they let it get in the way of communications in real life, study time, exercising, and just the overall experience of life. Adults should have the right to be concerned because they have matured and lived in a age where phones were not this advanced and had to grow up without the benefits of the phone

  124. Phones are very helpful and cool to use, but their also be very dangerous and parents should be worried about. For example "Texting someone you don't know is dangerous you can be talking to a killer or a trafficker that can make you trust them and give them your address and important information that can be compromised". In addition "They can track you down using the phone signal and the phone location that you enable" This show that parents should be worried about there kids using their phone unsupervised

  125. I believe adults should be aware but not worry about how much children use their phones. Kids spend a lot of time on their phone whether they’re on social media, playing games, or watching shows, and what kids see across the internet can have positive or negative affects, or both. Now, some kids hold every personal detail about them in their phones while others might only use their phones as a resource to find directions. So when it comes to parents worrying so deeply about an excessive amount of screentime, taking children's devices away could make some kids feel as if it’s an invasion of privacy whereas others are more lenient and not affected by it. Regardless of how one’s child may use his or her device, I believe parents should limit time usage on phones or tablets but not forbid children from ever using any device. It is nice to get away from the screen and enjoy the outdoors and I strongly believe children, for as long as possible, should be exposed to that kind of environment. The younger they are, the less screen time they should be allowed, as it is not necessary and takes away from making the most of their childhoods. However, older kids have spent more time communicating on and connecting over phones and I believe parents should be less restrictive the older they become. Worrying about the amount of time kids spend on phones will eventually lead to restrictions that can harm teenager’s social life more than parents realize and could cause unnecessary problems.

  126. I don’t think it’s necessary for the adults in my life to be worried about how much time I spend on my phone. I’m not going to lie, my daily screen time average is very high. Last week, my average was 10 hours and 30 minutes a day. In my defense though, everything I do throughout the day is on some sort of electronic platform. When I read, I either use my kindle or my phone, when I workout I follow youtube videos or listen to music/podcasts, I do school for 3-5 hours a day over a computer with homework that is also all online piled on top of that. Today, everything is online and through a screen. High numbers of screen time are inevitable. However, I do think in some cases this can be concerning. Every person spends their time differently. The things I spend my day doing on my phone/screen is completely different than what my mom does, what my dad does, my siblings, friends, etc. Everyone is different so I think a person’s mindset is based on what they do with their time. When COVID first hit I definitely did not exercise as much as I should have been. I spent most of my day laying down watching tv, youtube, eating, or just scrolling through social media and that definitely took its toll on my mindset and mental health. I realized what was happening and made changes to make myself feel better. So, yes, screentime does affect a person’s mindset but it has everything to do with how the person is spending their time with the screen.

  127. When I look back at elementary and middle school, I see pure bliss. Every day I would get out at 3 pm and play basketball on the courts outside till 5 or 6 or at least the start of sunset, and then walk a half-mile home to my house. The pure bliss that I feel when I look back on it could just be nostalgia. However, that would require me to be somewhat sad about it. When I go pick up my little brothers at their middle school, one 5th grader and one 7th grader, they don't seem to be playing basketball, tackle football, home run derby or 4 square and fighting me to let them stay for another hour like I did when my older brother would have to make sure I was ok when I wasn't home by 5. They instead come right through the door at 3:15 and fight over who gets to play Xbox first. They don't even hang out with their friends every day after school, walk to each other's houses and beg parents to let them stay longer, they get an unlimited time "playdate" with a microphone and a 40 inch TV. Now even if sufficient evidence tells people that phones aren't hurting their mental health, I see evidence that they aren't living as 10-year-olds should. Being young is something you never get back, it's pure happiness, recklessness, fun, and a worry-free time in your life that can't be taken back. I see smartphones, Xbox, video games taking away that worry-free time and pushing them closer to adulthood where being 10 wasn't as awesome as everyone else before them experienced.

  128. I spend generally around 6 hours a day on my phone. A lot of people think that is too much, I personally do not think it is.The reason I say this is because I know when to put it down and it does not keep me up at night. My phone does not cause any harm in my life, I also need it for work and if I did not have my phone I would not be able to work. I think I build positive relationships with my phone. My phone never makes me depressed or sleep deprived because I am responsible about using my phone. Sometimes my phone gets in the way of homework and start procrastinating but I still finish my homework and get good marks so it is not a huge problem. My parents never say anything about my phone, and that says something because they are pretty strict parents.