Cell Phone Addiction Problems
Over thirty years ago, young people had to use a telephone at home or use payphones every day. Talking to a friend wasn’t consistent, it was better to see a friend at school. Usually, students can only socialize for a short time during lunch break to have small talk before going back to class. They’ll have eye contact a lot more, to say what's on their minds without seeing someone grab a cell phone to see who text or called.
They didn’t have a device to look at to find something to talk about from social media. Way back when, many students would go outdoors to take a walk to the pizza restaurant or go to a neighborhood store to get something to eat for lunch. Doing so, was an everyday routine without a cell phone. Just having a conversation was something to look forward to.
Often, the conversations were longer on the telephone and there wasn’t as much distraction as it is now. Today, everything a young person need to do seem to be on a cell phone and they cannot go out without the device. It’s impossible to leave the house without it and an individual must see what's going on with social media without being interrupted. Young people are self-absorbed about what is going on in their own world and it's a problematic cell phone addiction that is being observed everyday.
Taking a Cell Phone Break
Anyone will notice that mostly young people lost the ability to have a long attention span due to cellphones. There's nothing wrong with having a cell phone, but in life if there isn’t any control with anything.There are consequences, too much of anything isn’t good.
Students should take a break from their cell phone usage. Also, when a young person is being spoken to by a parent or a teacher. Many times, their distracted by the cellphone. There's no eye contact and if an adult is speaking to the young person who act as if what was being said is understood, but would ask. What did you say, I didn’t hear you? Can you say what you said again?
Youths don't Talk on Cell Phones
Many adults can be frustrated to speak to a young person who doesn’t seem to have interest to look up and listen. What is being said could be beneficial at the moment but looking at social media seem more important, than to look up and speak. Many of them don’t like to talk much to anyone due to their cell phone. They prefer to text than to pick up the cell phone to speak to whomever their texting.
Looking someone in the eyes to say what's on their minds is becoming complicated. They are uncomfortable to speak to someone in depth with or without a cell phone. They don’t practice to speak up like people did in the past who didn’t have one.
Youth Attention Span
They don’t know how important it is to look up to hear what someone is saying. They need to know that a lot of issues can affect their lives if not focusing. It’s important to focus on their surroundings. Many students will walk across the street slowly while texting and isn’t aware of a car, bus or truck speeding.
In addition, driving and texting is a constant issue that many people do and both hands aren’t on the steering wheel only one and it isn't getting any better. Usually, they seem disinterested to pay attention and they aren't attentive enough to know that losing their attention is a problem.
Youth Headphones Usage
Losing out on speaking and hearing someone over the phone is a problem if not being use to doing so. Not hearing what people are doing when being in public doesn’t seem interesting enough either. It’s difficult if not hearing about what's going on when people are around.
Keeping the headphones on is common for young people who don’t want to listen to other people's personal conversation being heard around them. However, someone may have an important question to ask or is giving warning to a young person who has no clues what's going on.
For instance, watching a bike rider who is riding quickly down the street and the person riding will say, loudly. Excuse me! but the person walking wouldn’t hear anything, and then the biker would ride in the street instead, because of trying to avoid an accident.
Youth Put the Cell Phones Down
Also, someone who doesn’t hear anything and is walking home late at night from work can be in an unexpected situation because of not looking around. Being on a cell phone is extremely entertaining for many people who will spend numerous hours on their cell phone without realizing that social media can wait sometimes.
Constantly watching the cell phone can give many young people migraine headaches and difficulties with their eyes. So, doing other things that doesn’t involve a cell phone all the time is necessary too. Such as, going outside to enjoy outdoor activities to run, play ball, ride a bike or walk with a friend to talk is fun too. A lot of young people aren’t used to doing other things that can keep them busy without feeling lonely.
Youth Need Rules for Cell Phones
Technical devices, cell phones, computer, video games and laptops are great if being used wisely. Young people need to know that their losing their attention span and their patience when it comes to not thinking about what their missing out on.
Furthermore, they're not controlling what they're doing and saying online when using cellphones and computers. They’re not always listening to what their parents are trying to teach them and parents still need to teach knowledgeable information about life. Many parents knows lot and they didn’t have a cell phone or social media to grab their attention in the past.
Youths are not always aware about what’s going on with their life when using cell phones, computers and videogames. Having many important adults involve in is crucial.
They don’t know the extent of what they're doing all the time and the choices made shouldn’t be careless or carefree about what is going on in society.
10 Cell Phone Rules
- Turn off the cell phone during school hours.
- Put the cell phone away before going to bed.
- Don't look at the cell phone when your working on something important.
- Be cautious when sending personal messages and photos.
- Don't look at the cell phone when attending a meeting with a teacher.
- Always know when to pick up the cellphone to respond to someone important.
- Set up the voice mail on the cell phone to respond to important calls immediately.
- Check your text messages, cell phone messages or email after leaving the house, if someone important is waiting for you outdoors.
- Put the cell phone away sometimes to practice speaking to people more often instead of texting.
- Ask permission before taking pictures of someone who isn't aware of what your doing.
Do you have cellphone etiquette?
© 2020 Jacqueline L Smith