Hold the Phone

Cell phone use in school hurts more than helps

A room full of students hunches over their desks, trying to concentrate on the test in front of them.

On one side, a phone buzzes constantly, while multiple students look up the answers on the other. Ten years ago, these classroom distractions wouldn’t have even been possible. One invention has paved the way for this kind of educational distraction — the smartphone.

While the revolutionary device has made everything from pointless games to endless information available at the touch of a button, the classroom is not the place to access them.

According to the Boston Globe, an overwhelming 73 percent of teenagers own cell phones, and most admit to being distracted by them during the school day.

Focusing on a phone screen instead of the school work at hand can have consequences, including lowered grades and long-term concentration issues and can even lead to sleep problems.screen-shot-2016-11-28-at-1-46-13-pm

In a study used by the Boston Globe, schools in which cell phone use is banned in classrooms, average scores rose by 6.41 percent, and lower achieving students’ scores rose by over 14 percent.

When directed by a teacher, the use of cell phones can be helpful and even fun; playing Kahoot is the only reason some people still show up.

The problem is when phones aren’t called for.

Snapchatting friends during class leads to people inevitably missing important information, which starts a chain reaction that can have no positive outcome.

The studies have been conducted, the statistics have been produced.

All evidence says that using cell phones in class is harmful to learning. Even though it’s heartbreaking to leave your friends hanging for an hour while you take notes, you’ll be glad in the long run.