i tend to only use my phone for my own convenience, when i'm away from home or a family member is away from home. this is not often. mostly my phone sits in my bag, uncharged and/or out of credit.
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and while this was going on, all i could think about was how this constant interruption must be affecting kids' thinking and behavior. after all, what teen do you know doesn't play slave to their phone? i have always felt my phone was a tool for me to use, while adolescents seemed to feel that they are the tools (no pun intended) for their phones - when the phone rings, rush and look/respond, regardless of what they're doing.
kids don't seem to mind being tethered to their phones, but i sure did. i quickly grew resentful of losing my relaxation time with my book (and the episode of glee i'd waited several months to see) by being repeatedly interrupted. i couldn't get into the story/ies, and i was grumpy and abrupt. it made me realise why kids have such short attention spans and retain so little information - they are constantly being interrupted and having their attention swayed from the task at hand (no matter what your school's mobile policy is). would love to see some hard & fast research on how to combat this, if anyone would like to direct me.