As a teen in the 21st century, my phone is a key part of my life. Adults would assume I am often on my phone because I am very active on a variety of social media platforms, such as Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter and Facebook. I have been told by teachers, coaches and parents alike that I am wasting time, being unproductive and not focusing on my future.
However, often when I am on my phone, I am reading news articles or headlines about current topics like climate change or a tragedy that has occurred only moments earlier. I am more connected than ever to the world around me because of my cellphone and everything on it.
Being this connected to the world seems scary, and sometimes it is, such as when my phone buzzes and I see an article pop up on my notifications about the most recent mass shooting or a natural disaster that has left many people in harm's way. Despite the sadness this brings me, I would want to know what is going on rather than find out later from another person.
There is also the constant feed of photos or events or just life updates from the people you add on your social media. While this can sometimes cause anxiety or the hurt that you may be missing out on something, it is also easier today than it ever has been to contact someone or update everyone on your life.
While I can admit most teens do not use their phones for the news, I also use it for entertainment purposes. The ability to have millions of videos, songs, movies and more allows me to never be bored. I am always entertained, and while it may not be productive, it sure is fun. To me, being entertained is productive since I am having a good time and all I had to do was touch a screen a couple of times.
In all honesty, phones are heavily criticized when they are not that bad at all.
JADYN BAYER is a senior at Flanagan-Cornell High School. She can be contacted via Assistant Editor Julie Barichello at email@example.com.