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The Effects of a Life Spent on Your Phone

After reading the article, “Have Smarphones Destroyed a Generation?” By Jean Twenge written for The Atlantic, I have come to form my opinion on the over-usage of smartphones. I believe that smartphones are making it difficult for people to gain a social life outside of their own phone because social media, texting, and calling are so easy to access. People whose social lives are contained on the phones feel more depressed, lonelier, and have higher suicidal rates. Suicide rates are the highest they have ever been, most likely due to affiliation with our smartphones. Since 2007, the homicide rate among teens has declined, but the rate of suicide has increased. Because teenager are spending less time together, they have become less likely to kill one another, and more likely to kill themselves. In 2011, for the first time in 24 years, the teen suicide rate was higher than the teen homicide rate.Those whose social lives that are balanced in and out of their phones are more likely to be happier than those who are not balanced. I found this section of taken from the article from The Atlanticto be very interesting and eye-opening about the happiness of people and teenagers in this generation: 

“You might expect that teens spend so much time in these new spaces because it makes them happy, but most data suggest that it does not. The Monitoring the Future survey, funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse and designed to be nationally representative, has asked 12th-graders more than 1,000 questions every year since 1975 and queried eighth- and 10th-graders since 1991. The survey asks teens how happy they are and also how much of their leisure time they spend on various activities, including non-screen activities such as in-person social interaction and exercise, and, in recent years, screen activities such as using social media, texting, and browsing the web. The results could not be clearer: Teens who spend more time than average on screen activities are more likely to be unhappy, and those who spend more time than average on non-screen activities are more likely to be happy.” (https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2017/09/has-the-smartphone-destroyed-a-generation/534198/) The higher the amount of time we spend on our phones, the less happy we will be, and vice versa. The main reason I am against the rise of smartphones is because 

However, smartphones also make everyday life easier with helpful apps, internet searches, and quick-communication to loved ones. Apps such as an alarm clock app can help people start their day, and apps such as cash apps can make money transfers much quicker and easier. Internet searches are based off of browser apps, which give us access to anything we need to know, right at our finger-tips. You can do all of your shopping online through company websites and thousands of those company’s apps, making shopping easy and addictive. Quick-communication to loved ones is a great thing to have to keep a relationship with those who you cannot socialize with face-to-face. Smartphones also allow us the ability to keep relationships with friends and family who have moved away from us. Just keep in mind what you use your smartphones for, and how much time you spend on them because ultimately, it will affect your happiness and quality of life! J

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