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If you were to go into any American high school in the 21 century, what would you see? Cell phones! Essentially all students have one, and it’s typical to see them doing schoolwork or listening to music through their earbuds. The students use them not just in the hallways during the 10 minutes between classes, but also in the classroom, and at every opportunity the teacher gives them. Although cell phones help us and make our lives better, schools should not be able to have them in class because they can become a distraction, they can damage the brain, and now we don’t interact with people as much as we used to.
Cell phones should not be in the classroom because they can be a distraction. According to Kinjo Kiema, ‘Critics believe, however, that allowing these devices will only encourage their non-educational use in school, to the point where they will be a significant distraction for teachers and students – and a potential tool for cheating.
” While Cell phones are in our hands all day, notifications will continuously go off. You’re forced to look without even realizing. Students get distracted all throughout the day without even noticing they are and this becomes an interruption.
Furthermore, cell phones can damage the brain. According to Rong Wang, Ph.D. “The Netherlands study is not the first one to show an electroencephalogram change as a result of acute exposure to cell phone radiation.
In 2015 a French study showed that the brain pattern is altered by the Global system for mobile cell phone radiation.” When you have a lock screen filled with notifications, messages, and missed calls, simply knowing they are there waiting for you to read is straining your memory so it can be very distracting.
Lastly, cell phones make it harder for students to have a face to face contact. According to Tom Jacobs ‘ Even without active use, the presence of mobile technologies has the potential to divert individuals from face-to-face exchanges, thereby undermining the character and depth of these connections. Individuals are more likely to miss subtle cues, facial expressions, and changes in the tone of their conversation partner’s voice, and have less eye contact.’ Cell phones have changed communication because now, instead of friends actually having a face to face conversation, they text each other.
There is a time to learn or to work and there is a time to do other hobbies and things that are enjoyable. Texting is something many people enjoy, but it can get it the way of other things that need to be done, like paying attention in class and doing schoolwork in class, and that why cell phones should be banned from schools.
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