By Helen Zeidman
Communication in the classroom has evolved from the caveman drawing with rocks, to the classic passing of notes, to today’s methods of texting, Snapchatting, and Instagraming. We need to figure out how to avoid the addictive realm of cell phones or else our lives will be consumed.
Regardless of the methods, using cell phones during class is detrimental to students’ success. If students are paying attention to their phones, then they are not listening to the lesson.
In a study done by the University of New Hampshire, it was discovered that 52% of students admitted to using cell phones during class. They also confessed their cell phones affected their concentration and the amount of information they learn.
Teachers are fighting a battle against cell phones in their classrooms. Although cell phones can be an asset in for quick research, they are more often a nuisance.
“There is a time and place for cell phones, but during my class is normally not one of them,” said Mrs. Repanshek, a Spanish teacher at the high school. “Too many times, the students who use their cell phones during my class are the ones with low grades.”
When students multitask by using their phones during class, their attention is divided and not really focused on learning. Unfortunately, multitasking is not as efficient as having your full attention on one task.
According to researchers at Stanford, multitaskers have shorter attention spans and less control over their memory when compared to people who do not multitask.
Even though cell phones were created to help people communicate, they are also negatively affecting our social lives. Physical activity and face-to-face conversations have decreased.
Honestly, talking to a screen is not the same as talking to a person in real life.
Scientists are thinking that excessive use of your cell phone could result in an addiction. They even have a name for it: nomophobia. It is the fear of being without your mobile phone. The fact that this word even exists shows the seriousness of the situation.
Believe it or not, there is a world outside of the screen of your cell phone. Close the apps and turn your phone off and you will be able to discover the wonders of living.
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