Now, on one hand, texting could be seen as a positive thing. It is my way of communicating with friends, most of which don’t even live in this country or even continent. It is my way of keeping up with friendships that I would much rather do in real life but am restricted of doing so because of my inability to travel and visit them.
Texting in class could be a distraction, but it could be for something extremely important such as a family member getting in an accident or saving someone from killing themselves, both of which I have experienced myself. When you can’t be there for someone in person and don’t have the access to talk to them on the phone, texting is basically the only way of saving someone from himself/herself. In that moment, I could honestly care less about my grades if it means saving someone’s life.
Yes, losing sleep by texting or using technology could deeply affect my emotional and mental state, but staying up in the late hours to do homework assigned by teacher unknowing of the amount limit my access to do so. As well as extracurricular activities and social interactions with my friends and family, I don’t have time to get the recommended 9 hours of sleep each night.
Texting, a way of keeping up with friends and family, is often the only way I can communicate due to everyone’s stressful and hectic schedules because of academics or work. I don’t have time for an intellectual conversation. Only a “Hey, how are you?” “I’m doing really great, hbu?” “Amazing, thank you.” will have to calm my nerves until we are both free to have an in-depth conversation in the future.
School teaches you so many things about what we could prepare for in the future but cell phone usage is only going to become worse and worse because we learn to abuse it and not to regulate it. Kids get bored, adults get bored. We always want the newest, fastest thing out there. Something that can grab our attention so that we get distracted by the things we are supposed to be learning that surround us every day.
I don’t think that many understand the importance that 167 texts can have on someone’s life. It can cheer someone up, let someone know you’re alive and doing well, and it can save someone from going down a dark and irreversible path, but you couldn’t because you were too busy learning about how Christopher Columbus sailed the ocean blue in 1492.