Our not-so strange addiction: the truth about our time and our devices

The truth about our time and our devices


Aida Yarbou, Lifestyle Writer

In today’s modern world, doing things like playing Mario Kart mobile or checking your grades on Schoology have made it clear that technology, and more specifically mo

bile devices, have officially taken over our lives. In fact, our mobile devices can do more for us in our lives today than they ever could before.

Our devices have advanced so much that they can now meet almost any need. For example, people are now able to order food or get a ride home with just a push of

a button.

This dependency on phones is not just seen with adults but its often-times even worse with adolescents. Research from The Pew Research Center shows that 16 percent of teens between 13 and 18 are completely dependent on their phones.

It also shows that adults between 30 and 49 are 9 percent dependent and adults between 50 and 64 are 7 percent dependent. Even children are being affected by this trend. Just over 53 percent of children in the US own a smartphone by the age of 11, and 84 percent of teenagers own or have their own mobile device.

The majority of Mount Pisgah students believe phones are so interesting because they are a convenient way to do anything like staying updated with each other, communicating, or just killing time.

With so many features in the palm of your hand, it is clear to see that people of all ages can

easily get carried away with the features and ease that their mobile devices provide them.

According to research from RescueTime, people spend an average of three hours and 15 minutes on their phones per day, and they also say that the top 20% of smartphone users spend upwards of four and a half hours on their mobile devices daily.With the need for constant digital connection, how much do students and teachers at our school use their mobile devices?