How often do you use your electronics, your prized possession, your phone?  It’s concerning. We keep our phones more than in-reach. We keep them attached. Why? Is this addiction? Is this attachment? We wanted to know.

American teens are addicted to their phones, but they are trying to spend less time on the cellphones so,  they don’t become more addicted to the phones. A Pew Research study “found that 54 percent of US teens ages 13 to 17 worry they spend too much time on their phones.”

Well, we asked a few teachers and some kids in the eighth grade about whether they feel addicted to their phones. They had some pretty cool and interesting answers.

Ms. Larkin, a seventh-grade social studies teacher, said she uses her iPhone five or six hours a day. We also asked Mr. Chemnitz, a 6th grade science teacher, and he said he used Screen Time, an app that shows you how much time you spend on your phone. He uses social media the most. He used it eight hours a week; that means more than an hour a day. After the one-hour of social media use, he’s still probably answering text messages, reading email, responding, and the many other things we can do on our phones.

That’s nothing compared to these eighth-grade girls. They say that they use their phones 8 to 9 hours per day! Don’t forget there are only twenty-four hours in a day.

Phone addiction is when someone uses their phone too much or finds a way to look at their phones constantly.

Some kids make up excuses just to see their phones like “I left my Chromebook in my locker,” or “I need to use the bathroom.” We asked some sixth graders who admit that they have an addiction, and you will be really surprised as to what they thought was an addiction and what wasn’t.

James Peterson in sixth grade said that he uses his phone eight to nine hours. Marco G. in sixth grade said that he spends four to five hours on his electronics. This might not seem like a lot, but if you break down your school days, that’s crazy. Seven hours is a school day.

 Let’s take James Peterson. He spends about eight hours on his phone a day. When you wake up, you get dressed, brush your teeth, maybe eat breakfast and leave to school. It takes fifteen minutes to an hour to do all of this, and part of that may be using your phone too. You have seven hours at school. Don’t forget kids bring their phones to the bathroom and use them in the stalls. Then you get home and use your phone and do homework. Before you know it, it’s dinner, then bed. The day is not that long, so ten hours is a long time.

These phones are addicting and can consume your life, but you need to know when enough is enough and when you need to take a break.

Photo: Miguel Porlan, The New York Times

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