Cell phones distract students from classwork

Chances are, you might be reading this story from the narrow screen of your phone that never leaves your hand.

Cell phone use has increased drastically after the introduction of smart phones and they have been part of our daily lives since.

Cell phones now include a variety of features that are fascinating to many people of this generation. But did you know you can actually be addicted to using your phone? Yes, phone addiction is a thing. Recent studies have shown that phone addiction is slightly equivalent to drug and alcohol addiction. Whenever you receive a text message, your brain releases a hormone known as dopamine, which is the same hormone your mind releases when you take drugs, but in a slightly smaller amount. However, our main focus here is how phone use can affect student life.

The increase in the amount of phone use and the convenience of the device have made students lazy. Students do not make an effort to fully comprehend a particular topic or even work on an essay that is due soon because they can “Google” the answers on their cell phone. Coming across students scrolling through their Instagram feed while the teacher is lecturing in class has become the norm. This is one of the main reasons students fail a class. Even more, students spend too much time looking at their phones or texting their friends that they lose focus when they are studying.

Beyond their psychological effects, cell phones have physical effects too. Looking at your phone screen for a long period of time can affect your eyes, especially if you are in your bed in a dark room, which is even worse. The light emitted from your phone screen has a greater effect on your eyes due to the darkness of the room and other lights to offset the screen brightness. So, if you ever wondered why you are having a hard time sleeping, it is due to the light coming off your phone screen.

According to many studies, there is a concern that cell phones might cause cancer. Cell phones emit radiofrequency energy, which is a form of electromagnetic radiation. Exposure to these kinds of ionizing radiations for a long period of time is known to increase the risk of cancer.

Excessive cell phone use has many effects, more than we can bargain for. It affects social life because the more you use your cell phone, the more you distance yourself from the people around you. I guess Einstein was right when he said, “There will come a time when people will sit together but they never talk.”

So today I want you to cheat on your phone with a book. Expand your knowledge beyond the narrow screen of your cellphone. It would be life changing, I can guarantee you.

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