They would rather be focused on other things that they think is more important, but most of the time it is not. Some are so consumed with it, that it can be very harmful for them. One of the worst negative effects that cell phones have on teens is distracted driving. Accidents are more prone to happen when a cell phone is involved, especially with teenagers. These accidents can be caused by looking at your phone for a split second.
Mobile Phones Affect the Health of Teenagers A new study by the Pew Research Center has discovered that 78% of American teenagers (and growing) have cell phones. (“Teens and Technology 2013”) In our society nowadays, teenagers all around the world have mobile phones that are used constantly. While many teenagers love the fact that they can call, send, and receive text messages from their favorite mobile device, I believe this to be a substandard idea: cell phones distract teens and influence them to be less social, cause laziness, and finally mobile phones could result into several shocking health problems. To begin with, reducing the usage of wireless phones worldwide by teens would be a great way for the youth to focus better in school and to interact more with friends and family. Although this might seem out of one’s mind, cellular telephones do have this negative effect on teenagers.
However, teenagers usage of their phone is beyond just calling. In their social world it is about how many likes or followers they have, which leads to lacking social skills generations had before. The cons of teenage Smartphone usage outweighs the pros because of how it affects their academics, social world, and emotional health.
As a result of teenagers over using cell phones, teens are being impacted emotionally, socially, and physically. One way that teens are being impacted by over using their cell phones is emotionally. A study by Adriana Bianchi, and James G. Phillips showed the more teens use their phones the more likely they are to be anxious, depressed, and have a low self-esteem (“Center on Media and Child Health”). In a study conducted by Thomee, researchers found that cell phones use caused mental health problems for young adults. Both males and females were affected emotionally.
In his acknowledgeable book, Ling (2004) explained that cell phones have changed how teenagers interact with their peer groups. Rather than making a future agreement on the time and place to meet, teenagers determine these meetings in the spur of the moment through text message (p.102). This negatively affects the teens who do not own cell phones. Since the planning happens through cell phones, there is a growing concern that those teens who do not own cell phones will fall out of the planning of the social group. In a post, Phillips explained the dangers of relying on a cell phone for communication.
Texting dissuades healthy relationships and communication, deters learning and information retention, and is rapidly becoming one of the leading causes of fatalities caused by distracted driving. There have been numerous studies that link text messaging with anxiety and social disorders. While texting might be in effect a more convenient form of communication, it has been shown to have an adverse effect on the construction of social relationships. For example, data collected by a group of communication researchers showed that rather than creating more emotional ties using texting and instant messaging, adolescents are using texting to create distinct worlds of social media (Lou). Furthermore, teenagers are even more dependent on their mobile phones, expecting that their close relationship and friendships will be sustained through frequent text messaging (Lou).
When focusing on teenagers’ mobile phone usage, literature has provided evidence for both positive and negative effects of mobile phone on teenagers. In this high-tech world a mobile phone equips a teenager with all its needs. Mobile phones have various negative effects on a teenager's life and their life style. It can affect the student's in many ways. It can lead to health related problems, academic distractions, exam malpractice and change in behavior of teenagers.
My sister is fifteen years old and she is always on her cell phone. This situation bothers my parents some times because when we are together as a family she does not care and she uses her cell phone. From my point of view, cell phones cause addiction on teenagers because they want to know what is happening in this virtual world receiving messages, pictures or videos all the time. Addiction is a tremendous problem for teenagers because they cannot control it and it gets over time. The addiction of cell phone on teenagers could be for different applications including games applications, social medias applications or pictures applications.
Merlo indicates that one of the problems in using cell phones, which is, can cause addiction to the person who use it. The young adults are curious about people’s life in social media, so they feel that they have to be connected to social media as cited in Birdwell (2007[CW2] ). I agree with author because nowadays it is[CW3] has become a habit and it is obvious in people, even me. Most of adolescents now have to check their phone constantly if there are any new updates popping out in their social media apps. Therefore, it is similar to smoking cigarettes that people usually cannot stop smoking it.
Another complication that occurs with addiction, is that teens will be incline to check their phones on numerous occasions. One may ask why is this a problem? Chances are, if a teen is addicted to their phone they will may not be able to resist checking their phone while driving. Thus, they began to text and drive, which is a major cause of deaths in the United States. It should be noted that not all teenagers text and drive, but a substantial amount do.