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Phone Experiment

by Marwa AwadBahr

Being a teenager in today’s society I have grown to using technology on a daily basis. 

And when I say technology I mean being on my phone, basically, 24/7. My cell phone has evolved from being a simple means of communication to an important part of my life. Whenever my parents start complaining about how I should treasure family time more and stop using my phone all the time I internally know that it will never happen. And it’s not a matter of a rebellious phase or a family issue; I just developed the urge and desire to use my phone. A cellphone to a teenager nowadays is the means of staying in touch, an escape from boredom, and of course for browsing on our social networks in order to “stay hip”. And gratefully enough our cellphones really do save us in cases of awkward situations and boring family gatherings. 
 
Although, having participated in an experiment with my English class where we had to give up our cellphones for one weekend, I have discovered that cell phones do impact a person in both a positive and a negative way. 
 
My biggest issue at the beginning was that every time I went out of the house I 
couldn’t exactly check my social networks including: Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and vine, etc… Even though it may not have seemed as a big problem I felt like it got awkward easily especially if I am in a public place waiting for my parents or my friends. Part of this has to do with the level of insecurity most of teenagers or even anyone have. Insecurity, though, is a broad topic and I can’t exactly explain what cellphones have to do with it. But for example, when I feel out of place or in a situation without my friends I would automatically go on my phone and ignore the environment around me. It’s like an escape and a way of assurance that we are still connected with friends and people who care about us. At the same time it wasn’t as if I felt like 
that but it was just something I have I discovered while thinking about how I wished I had my phone at that moment. Cellular phones have become, for most youth, a way to browse their social networks to make sure they still fit in, know people and that they are aware of what is happening between their friends. In most situations it serves as positive way for building self-esteem and confidence. 
 
One negative realization that I have made was that I achieved my maximum potential, at least most of it, when I didn’t have my phone. What I mean is that I actually finished most of my school work, homework, started working on two scholarships and even went to sleep early! 
 
Personally, I don’t believe the issue fell on my cell phone but mostly on me. I used it as a way to procrastinate and delay finishing most of my work. And even though I could have accessed most of these sites through the computer it just felt easier to spend more time browsing through a phone. This explains why many teachers and parents have issues with teenagers and how they overuse their cell phones. 
 
Finally, I felt much relieved after I have gotten my phone back because, as I said, it has become an important part of my life. But in the future, I hope to lower the amount of time I spend on my phone while I am trying to finish my work and school related projects. At the same time I will always keep my phone close just in case. I feel that every teenager should understand that cellphones and social networks even though are valuable can’t replace real time and face to face conversations. So while using our phones we should evolve socially in the real world as well.
Posted: Mar 03, 2014 by Talbia Abdullah

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