Are kids phone addicts?

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Are kids phone addicts?

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It’s that time of the year, a new phone is about to be released! Many people have heard of the infamous iPhone X, which came out on the tenth anniversary of Apple. The next iPhones to come out are the iPhone XR, XS, and XS Max. The demand for these phones is soaring above the previous devices. There are people that wait in lines for hours and even days just to get their hands on one of these new phones. These devices are controlling people’s lives!

Our phones have transformed, from the Simon Personal Communicator (SPC) all the way to the iPhone XR. The first smartphone was invented in 1992 and was made by the International Business Machines Corporation. (IBM). Smartphones have come a very long way since then. The SPC could send and receive emails, fax, calls, and cellular pages. It also had an address book, calendar, calculator, world time clock, appointment scheduler, etc. Since there weren’t many interesting features, the SPC wasn’t as addicting as a modern phone today.

Is there a problem with the newest and latest phone developments? Well, kids become more attentive to what’s on their phones rather than their surroundings. It’s more than using their phone too much, it’s about not using it wisely. Based off of an American Automobile Association (AAA) poll, 94% of teens know about the dangers of texting and driving, but only 35% actually admit to it. Unbelievable, right? Well, that’s not all, teens are four times more likely to get into an accident than adults.

The dangers of phones affect everyone of all ages so their opinions matter. “I’m not on my phone 24/7, but I like to be on my phone a lot because it’s relaxing.” Kathleen Ha, a 7th Grade student at the AdVenture Stem Program stated. When asked if she thinks kids are phone addicts?” and her answer was a confident, yes. Her reasoning behind this was, “Well, with a phone you can do anything and everything at the tips of your finger.”

Khaled Darwich, another 7th grader in the AdVenture STEM Program believes that kids are phone addicts. He doesn’t have a phone, but still has a strong opinion which was, “A phone is a piece of technology that can fit in your pocket that you can take anywhere.”

Well, Kayleigh Gerard is a 5th grader in the AdVenture Stem Program at Herman Intermediate. She, like Kathleen, has a phone but doesn’t limit herself. When asked what her take was on kids being phone addicts she stated, “Kids are addicted to phones because it’s a portable device you can carry in your pocket.” These are just the opinions of only three people, but many people have different opinions.

Phones can be a dangerous thing, especially for kids. However, there are ways for kids to limit their time on a screen. One way to limit their time is to participate in more extracurricular activities such as band, soccer, basketball, etc. Limiting yourself can create a better future for kids so they don’t end up being unhealthy. It can be an example to the next generation by limiting your time on a screen and communicating with others instead. So just remember that a little outdoor time never hurt anybody. It’ll only hurt if sunscreen isn’t being used. So to all the readers out there, stay shinin’, and be smart about your use of tech.