Oh, please! It’s just a phone!

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Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, iPhone 7 Plus and LG G5! Are you interested? The majority of teenagers all around the world are not just interested in smart phones but they are deeply addicted in the over usage of these gadgets. 

Smart phone addiction is a behavioral addiction that negatively interferes with a person’s life (Choi, 2015).  From all of the age groups teenagers is the most involved one. Consequently it impacts teenagers’ education and I posit the view that it affects negatively if the smart phone is over used. 1. Why over usage of smart phones affects negatively students’ education? 2. What harms does nomophobia give to teenagers’ health?  3. What should be done to regulate this issue?

Technology is a process that can and should be used in education as it helps to explore new horizons. Technology brings new ideas and inspiration. The innovations in technology including huge improvements of smart phones might help to keep us smart and that is the main reason why it should be used in education. For instance, the usage of mobile applications in a classroom seems to be the demand of the era as well as being very enjoyable and effective way of teaching. Yet a few decades ago, the notion of smart phones of any kind seemed unlikely; we are now surrounded by it.It is important to limit the technology in a daily basis because it is necessary sometimes to not feel anxiety in the “need to be connected”. Now, let’s consider the reasons why smart phones affect teenagers’ life negatively.

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1. The over usage of smart phone, nomophobia, is not the case only in education and only for teenagers rather this is an issue that creates problems in the whole society. The rise in addiction affects students’ ability to study. You can not expect concentration during the lessons from the students who spent all night having a chat with their “second part of the heart” for instance. Stress and anxiety are also among constant symptoms of such students.

2. Teenagers with the nomophobia are “rewarded” not only by their academic “achievements” but also with a very bad aftermath for their health. Thus, over usage of the cell phones leads to all kinds of eye problems, myopia, disrupting of sleep and even such unexpected health “enemies” like diabetes, cancer and obesity. It is impossible not to mention an accident happened recently in Kazakhstan in which via mobile phone addicts there was a virtual attack to teenagers who were psychologically unstable. The accident was given a name Синий Кит (Blue Whale) and it resulted in several suicides among gadget-addict teens.

3. No one proposes that cell phones are exclusively bad, instead there is a call in this blog to limit the usage of them. Parents should regulate the screen time of their children. The government should properly train teachers how they should instruct students to use the smart phones for their essential needs. What is most important the teens should feel the life that goes around and finally grasp that it is okay sometimes to turn off their phones and “not to be connected”!

References

Blue Whale. Link retrieved from http://astanatimes.com/2017/02/suicide-games-raising-concerns-in-kazakhstan/.

Choi, N. (2015). The effects of a smartphone addiction education program for young adult females. International Journal of u- and e- Service, Science and Technology Vol.8, No. 12 (2015), pp.277-284 http://dx.doi.org/10.14257/ijunesst.2015.8.12.28. Retrieved from http://www.sersc.org/journals/IJUNESST/vol8_no12/28.pdf.

Diabetes, cancer and obesity. Video link retrieved from https://youtu.be/W6CBb3yX9Zs.

Nomophobia. Link retrieved from http://www.upm.es/sfs/Rectorado/Vicerrectorado%20de%20Alumnos/Acceso/Bachillerato%20LOE/Exámenes/S13%20INGLÉS.pdf.

Retrieved from https://thenounproject.com/term/cell-phone-addict/201572/.

Retrieved from https://www.wsj.com/articles/SB10001424127887324263404578615162292157222.

That creates problems. Video retrieved from https://youtu.be/6Mwpmjf6cwE.

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3 thoughts on “Oh, please! It’s just a phone!

  1. Dumankhan, your topic is very actual nowadays. As you have mentioned, so called “Blue whale” community managed to hurt dozens of children. Therefore, use of mobile phone and internet on it must be restricted and controlled. Firewalls and parental control softwares are one of the main measures here. However, even safe sources and media might be harmful and make a child addicted. What measures would you undertake for your own children in order to protect them from negative consequences?

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  2. Dear, Dumankhan! Thanks for raising the issue of current interest on your blog.
    I absolutely agree with you that despite of all the benefits, the presence of technology predominantly has a negative impact on children. More specifically, I think, it dulls the critical perception of the information, since children may hear a voice from radio, read and watch the news from the TV and Internet, but cannot see the actual person to whom it belongs and actual motive of it. Therefore, subconsciously disembodied voice is more credible than the real person. This trend, in turn, contributes to a distorted view of the world in which they live. Ultimately, this leads to the fact that children no longer distinguish fiction from reality, and even commit a suicide (Blue Whale). Therefore, as Khakim mentioned above, the usage of mobile phones must be controlled.

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  3. What a troubling issue, Dumankhan! (4.5/5) Although you have some grammatical mistakes that need some attention (Question structure: “Why over usage of smart phones affects negatively students’ education?”; missing “that” in “It is impossible not to mention an accident happened…”; and comma splices “No one proposes that cell phones are exclusively bad, instead there is a call in this blog to limit the usage of them.”), your post is well-researched and shows a genuine interest in analyzing the issue from multiple sources and viewpoints. Great job overall. Keep working on accuracy in writing.

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