Cell phones being overused?

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Aaron Voigt

How much time a day do you think you spend on your phone? Whether you’re checking your social media accounts, sending a text, or playing a game, recent studies have shown that the average person spends about 90 minutes a day on his/her phone.

Social media like Facebook and Snapchat can connect people from across states or old high school friends that people haven’t talked to in years, but it can also take away from what they are doing in the moment. Cell phones can also be used for doing homework or setting reminders. There are plenty of good things that phones can do, but sometimes they are overused and people are distracted from accomplishing everyday tasks like finishing homework or studying for important tests.

Out of 30 Gregory High School students 13% of them think they check their phones about 1-15 times a day; 37% think they check it about 16-30 times. 37% think they check their phones 31-50 times, and 13% think they check their phones 51+ times. When asked what their favorite apps were 40% said Snapchat, 27% said Instagram, 20% said Twitter, and 13% said Facebook.

Cell phones have not only made our lives more convenient, they have caused distracted drivers resulting in many accidents. In 2013, there were 341,000 motor vehicle crashes involving texting. The chances of having a crash increases four times when the driver is using his/her cell phone. A study shows that the safe amount of time to take your eyes off the road is about two seconds, and the average time it takes to check your phone is around five seconds. There is also new technology that helps you operate your phone with only your voice using Bluetooth in your car. Although it may help you keep your eyes on the road, driving is a task that requires your full attention with no distractions.

Another danger of having cell phones that a lot of people don’t even think about is the electromagnetic radio frequency waves they emit. Most people never think about the danger of the things they can’t see, so people don’t think twice about slipping their phone into their pockets or sleeping with their phone right next to them. While it may seem like a harmless habit, over time these electromagnetic waves could affect their sleep or even their mood. Some tips for preventing this would be to remove your cell phone from your room while you sleep, or to keep it out of your pocket as long as possible during the day.

As you can see, there are many good things and many bad things that cell phones contribute to the modern world. They help make our lives easier, but when used irresponsibly, they can cause sleep disorders or even death.