Opinion: Over-dependence On Phone Can Have Negative Impacts

These days everywhere you go people are on their phones. Most people have smart phones that can be used for almost everything at any time.

Just looking around you can see that fewer and fewer people socialize.

They just send you a quick text instead of a phone call. They facetime you instead of meeting up or quickly send you a snap in their free time.

I have noticed this change because I have a best friend who has moved out of state. When we were younger I would call her every weekend and talk to her about her week.

Now I just see what she’s doing on social networking and get a text every now and then. I’m not going to lie; sometimes it is easier, but I miss those long talks.

I think this greatly affects people’s relationships because they are completely different people over social media compared to in person.

Sophomore Kelsey Eagle said,  “ It’s hard to have a face to face conversation with people because you’re not used to having to make eye contact and physically talk to them.”

Many adults have a hard time keeping eye contact with kids. Some people have even said they are intimidated by eye contact.

This generation can barely go an hour without their phones.

You might miss the newest drama or most recent twitter fight.

Before people even brush their teeth these days or get up they have already checked their phones.

My phone stopped working for a day, and it was a catastrophe. I didn’t know what to do with myself. I had never realized how attached I was to my phone until I was gone.

Schools and also teachers are having a hard time controlling the usage of phones. Teachers have had to put a strict rule on when they are allowed to be used.

As I said before, a phone can be used for so many things. It could be a dictionary or calculator.

With this age and technology it could be anything you wanted it to be.

There are so many usages for phones now too. Games and social media, including twitter snapchat and instagram, have taken over much of peoples time.

Even when you are hanging out with friends socializing is limited.

“When people hang out everyone’s too involved in their phones and people barely talk,” said Sophomore                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Teigan Teigan Drake.

Even with my friends we can be doing anything, but it always has to be put on social media.

For some reason everyone always has to know what you’re doing. Now it has just become a habit of posting a picture when you do something fun or tweet when you’re having a bad day.

I find that a phone distracts you while doing homework. I’m in many group texts with my sports teams and my phones constantly going off.

Also, I will get a notification from twitter and I go check it. An hour later I realize I still have homework to do.

There are so many better things you could be doing with your time. Get outside and enjoy some fresh air.