Addicted to Little Screens
Okay, I know this dates me. I can actually remember the days when you had to find a pay phone if you were out of the house and needed to make a call. As a college teacher, I can also remember the days when it wasn’t necessary to tell students to quit texting during a lecture or to turn off their devices so glowing screens won’t disturb other classmates who are also going to be tested on the documentary we’re watching in the dark. Everyone knows the younger generations are phone-crazy. I don’t have to search much to find articles about how millennials are addicted to their phones, most even sliding them under their pillows at night so they won’t lose track of what is going on every moment of their existence. Some social theorists warn that this constant connection makes our youth unable to handle solitude and incapable of deep thought or contemplation. All I know is that cell phones make it difficult to keep students’ attention in class.