We spend too much time on our phones, and we base so much of our lives on what we read in the Internet.
A recent study by Common Sense found that teens spend nearly nine hours on their phones daily. This includes, texting, talking, web browsing and clicking on-and-off apps, just for the sake of it.
Personally, I spend more time trying to find answers to math problems than trying to solve the problems myself.
I do that because I’m lazy, and it’s easier. My phone is right here, and I can just look it up.
Could teenagers survive one day without their cell phone, TV, tablet or computer? It might be hard, but I think we should start.
“Operation: No Media Technology For A Day” or ONMTFAD could be a 24-hour opportunity for teenagers scrap their electronics for other activities.
The idea is that a person can choose one day in the week to go without television, texting, web browsing, etc.
Some teens could use the day for mental relaxation, others would use it for sleep.
One positive of ONMTFAD would be increased in-person socialization.
Another plus side is that students would actually have to think through their notes and texts – figure out answers, rather than look them up.
Dinner time has become screen time with food.
Instead of physically wishing others “happy birthday,” we send emails or texts.
We can even watch television and movies on our phones.
Because humans no longer depend on the skill of acquiring knowledge for themselves, they now depend on the skill of finding places for the answer or solution. (Think: finding the answer to homework online vs. solving a math problem for oneself)
Not all technology is bad, but we depend on it too much.
Just take one day.