Phone Addiction


Angelo Cajigas, Reporter

Teenagers and cell phones. It’s hard to spot a teen without their phones. They have them during family conversations at a dinner table, during class, and when they are with their friends.

We sometimes ask ourselves,”Why do students use their phones during something possibly important in their life?” Is it because they are bored in school, or that their parents are talking about something they already know? There are reasons why this generation might have a phone addiction.

There are many reasons how and why teenagers might have a phone addiction. The first reason is that from a New York Times Article, a 2016 study was shown from Common Sense media found that half of the teens felt addicted to their devices at least hourly. 72% of teens felt that they needed to respond to social media comments or responding to text messages. Many parents said that their teens are online almost constantly. Some teenagers, since they sometimes miss their notifications, messages, etc, might create a fear of missing out (FOMO).

Second reason is that another study from 2017 compared teens from the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s, and found today’s teens are taking longer to engage in both the pleasures and the responsibilities of adulthood. Teens also have a different point of view than their parents. 4% of teens think their parents check their devices too often and 32% of them “feel unimportant” when their parents are distracted by their phones.

The last reason is that about 48% of those who spent five or more hours a day on their phones had thought about suicide or made plans for it, vs. 28% of those who spent only one hour per day on their phones. Smartphones can be useful tools, but they can be very addictive.