The cell phone is a great thing. Did you know that about 90% of the population owns a cell phone(Madrigal, Alexis C)? Our society is affected greatly by the use of cellphones in such ways as; sleep deprivation, communication, and Distraction. There are many things that the cell phone is good for but there are just as many negatives that come from them, if not there are more. The number of people who own cell phones has gone up about 27% since year 2004(Madrigal, Alexis C).
Both males and females were affected emotionally. For the men in the study, heavy cell phone use caused sleep problems and for the women, it caused depression. Teens are using phones more often than in the past which is leading to more emotional problems. Jacob Barkley, associate professor at Kent State University, found that students spent almost 5 hours a day using their cell phones and sent about 77 text messages. He also found that the more students used their cell phones the more anxious they became because they felt pressured to stay constantly connected to social networks (“Avid Cell Phone Users Suffer Anxiety: Study”).
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Teens are so involved with their phones they are missing out on face-to-face conversation (Boswell, 1). On a given day girls send at least one hundred text messages and boy send at least fifty (HOTPIPROT, 3). In a calendar month teens send more than one thousand text messages (Internet Safety Statistics, 1). Texting is the main use of communication in teens today and because of texting they are getting more uncomfortable with in person communication (Lost in Translation, 1). 75% of teens in the United States text and 63% say that they text on a daily basis (HOTPIROT, 1).
With the world that cellphones and social media have created it can put teenagers emotional health in jeopardy. As Source C states “... smartphone ownership crossed the 50 percent threshold in late 2012-- right when teen depression and suicide began to increase.” Smartphones can lead to depression and possibly suicide-- with cyberbullying, feeling unliked, and useless. Furthermore, these phones can lead to much more than just calling someone. They are used for social media and a new form of conversation. With these being created from just a phone it can lead to impacting teenagers emotional health.
“I would tell teens that there is a time and place for texting and there is a time when they need to have a conversation face to face.” (Dempster) “The average teen spends about four hours a day on a cell phone or some invention.” (Gonyou) The way people use technology has changed over the last year. Technology gets better every year; therefore teens and adults are buying and playing with the newest update. In the world today everyone has a cell phone or any kind of technology. Communication has been changed at once, because people do not talk face to face as much as they do talking on their cell phones or on the computer. Can you imagine not being able to check Twitter, Facebook, or messages for a week?