Cell Phones Affecting Schools

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Cell Phones Affecting School In the twenty-first century, we have been bombarded with new technology and it has impact on every aspect of our life, including education. Technology advancement is one of the most essential factors for teenagers in western societies. It is booming and cell phones are only a fraction of this boom. With cell phones, adolescents are able to have an expanded social network that is not restricted by physical locations. For teens to interact with their peers, they only need to have cell phone contacts and the peer group experiences can be shared in virtually every place and time zone as long as they can access network coverage. It is hard to count students who do not have cell phones. Teens carry them twenty-four seven, both in and out of school. The cell phone has become a tool for social empowerment among teens. The problem arises that cell phones interfere with a teenager’s ability to execute an effective and accurate face-to-face social and written communication in an educational environment. Young people have become so much more comfortable with text messaging that many times, they would rather text someone than talk to them face to face, even when they are in the same room, the same car or the same cafeteria table during lunchtime. Social networking has created a serious breach in the ability of young people to communicate and interact with each other face to face. Most students are not even aware of their surroundings because they are busy texting. For example, Students who are sitting in the same cafeteria during lunch would text each other from one table to another. What has happened to students satisfying their nutritional needs as well as their social needs during school lunch? Nancy Williams, English Teacher at Burlington High School, also gives another example by stating that “students now are communicating less in between
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