Northeast Times

Can you imagine life without a cell phone?

The North­east Times goes In­side the Classroom with New Found­a­tion Charter High School stu­dents.

The North­east Times asked New Found­a­tions Charter High School stu­dents the fol­low­ing ques­tion:

“How im­port­ant are cell phones in your every­day life? Are there times to put away a cell phone, such as at a fam­ily func­tion or on pub­lic streets? If teen­agers wit­nessed in­ap­pro­pri­ate or il­leg­al be­ha­vi­or at a party, do you think most of them would use their phones to re­port the activ­ity to au­thor­it­ies or by tak­ing pic­tures and videos and tex­ting about the mis­be­ha­vi­or? Can you ima­gine life without a cell phone?”

Here are ex­cerpts from their re­sponses:

My daily routine is reg­u­lated by my cell phone. I wake up be­cause of the alarm of my cell phone. … Without my phone, my life would be a wreck. … Ima­gine if I didn’t have my phone: My life would fall apart com­pletely. I ser­i­ously need my phone. It helps me and my friends and fam­ily func­tion in my life prop­erly. — Duane Cherry

A cell phone is a ne­ces­sary com­pon­ent in a per­son’s every­day life, es­pe­cially teen­agers. Without it, we’d all be im­pot­ent and lost. … A cell phone is a teen­ager’s so­cial life, a flash­light, a help guide, a dic­tion­ary and so much more. … The over­pro­tect­ive par­ents can call their child every five minutes and ex­tremely over­pro­tect­ive par­ents can even track their child. … Life without cell phones can be a real prob­lem. … A cell phone has so many uses and it has end­less pos­sib­il­it­ies that have now grown to be a ne­ces­sary part of life for many people. — Han­nah Port­er

If one day, all the cell phones in the world dis­ap­peared, every­one would go mad. Cell phones are a main way of com­mu­nic­a­tion nowadays. … Cell phones have cre­ated a world where it is im­possible to see the world without them. I, my­self, can see a life without one be­cause I did not get one un­til I was about 13.  … Chil­dren are get­ting a cell phone at young­er and young­er ages. Soon ba­bies will even have phones! — Jill Farina 

The worst place that people use their cell phones is the movies be­cause it gets pretty an­noy­ing while you’re try­ing to watch a movie. … If teen­agers wit­nessed in­ap­pro­pri­ate or il­leg­al be­ha­vi­or at a party, they would def­in­itely use their phone to take pic­tures and videos like tak­ing pic­tures of people drink­ing and videos of kids that are fight­ing or do­ing stu­pid stuff. … I do not think they would use their phones to re­port the activ­ity to au­thor­it­ies. — Aus­tin McGow­an

In my fam­ily, we base our lives around fam­ily, friends and school. If we drop be­low an 85 in a class, our phone gets taken away. This is a way for my par­ents to help en­cour­age us to keep our grades up and not fo­cus on a silly elec­tron­ic. This may seem like strict par­ent­ing, but I ac­tu­ally like this rule. — Jen Mul­len

Without cell phones, there is a high chance that teen­agers will spend more time with fam­ily. But, there is also the pos­sib­il­ity that teens might be­come more dis­tant by spend­ing more time on the com­puter or sep­ar­ate them­selves in their bed­rooms. In the end, there is no way to tell what life would def­in­itely be like without cell phones in today’s world. Maybe cell phones are not the prob­lem for teen­ager se­clu­sion, but the tech­no­logy be­ing made today in gen­er­al is in­flu­en­cing the de­cisions of today’s teen­agers. — Alyson Mul­len

If we took the cell phones away, people would not know what to do with them­selves. … What would you do if your phone was taken? I know I would have a hard time get­ting through the day without it. Life has change drastic­ally with the in­tro­duc­tion of cell phones. People can no longer live life without cell phones. Some people say it is a bad thing and some dis­agree. What do you be­lieve? — Nicole Gonza­lez

Without my phone, I feel na­ked, or feel as though I don’t have any­thing with me. … I per­son­ally do not think that life can be sus­tained without cell phones. — Kyle Patrick Mc­Grath

In­ap­pro­pri­ate be­ha­vi­or at parties hap­pens every day. In­stead of us­ing phones to re­port the activ­ity, most teen­agers in­stead use them to video­tape it and text it to their peers. We all know that the right thing to do would be to re­port the mis­be­ha­vi­or to au­thor­it­ies, so why would most teens think twice about do­ing this? Well, for one, nobody wants to be the “Debbie Down­er” of the group. Nobody wants to be the one per­son to call the cops and break up the “fun.” — Kath­leen Mc­Conomy

Even though cell phones can be ad­dict­ive, there are times in which you need to put them away. An ex­ample is when you’re with fam­ily. They don’t want you to be on your phone while they are try­ing to spend time with you. Also, when someone is try­ing to talk to you, they want you to be pay­ing at­ten­tion to them. — Alyssa Au­gustine

There are times to put a phone away. Like, for ex­ample, I can’t have my phone out when I am eat­ing break­fast, lunch or din­ner. If I take it out at any of those times, it will get taken. I could say I could not live without my phone. I’m in love with my phone. It’s like my baby. If I lost it or broke it and it could not be re­placed, I would cry. — Kay­la Mc­Curry

Now and then, I ac­tu­ally use my phone to play video games to pass the time … There are times, like oth­er people felt, that us­ing phones might ac­tu­ally be great for home­work. I tend to not use my cal­cu­lat­or app, but it is a lie if I said I don’t. … Hope­fully, we won’t get ad­dicted to phones like some did to video game con­soles. — Tony Tang

If there was a party full of teen­agers wit­ness­ing il­leg­al be­ha­vi­or, the ma­jor­ity of the young­sters would im­me­di­ately pull out their cell phones and be­gin tex­ting, flash­ing pic­tures and re­cord­ing it all. None, if any, would stop and in­form an au­thor­ity fig­ure or even at­tempt to put an end to the af­fair. … This could end up res­ult­ing in im­mense hu­mi­li­ation for someone, self-in­flic­ted in­jur­ies or even death. — Saige-Mar­ie Atkin­son

If my par­ents took my phone for a bad grade or something, I would just stare at a wall, think­ing, “Wow, I don’t know what to do,” and I’ll just sit there quietly. This is how my cell phone has af­fected me. — Gregory Sherid­an

Many people rely on cell phones much more than they real­ize. Who is re­spons­ible for re­mind­ing you of im­port­ant dates and events, or wak­ing you up in the morn­ing by us­ing an alarm, even provid­ing you with en­ter­tain­ment, such as games and movies? Your cell phone. Al­though the world is be­com­ing more tech­no­lo­gic­al as the days pass, cell phones are a ne­ces­sity for most. Un­like their ori­gin­al pur­pose, which was to al­low verbal con­tact between people, they have evolved to do much more. Through the use of cell phones, people man­age to gain know­ledge, com­mu­nic­ate, ex­press them­selves and provide en­ter­tain­ment. — Taylor Barnes 

More than 50 per­cent of people in the na­tion claim to suf­fer from “nomo­pho­bia.” Nomo­pho­bia is the fear of be­ing without your mo­bile phone. A sur­vey last year showed 73 per­cent pan­icked when they mis­placed their phones, 14 per­cent felt des­per­ate and 7 per­cent were phys­ic­ally sick. … I simply can­not live without is my cell phone. … My cell phone is now my email device, cam­era, Twit­ter dash­board, so­cial net­work con­trol­ler and game con­sole. In fact, I use my cell phone to re­search in­form­a­tion rather than the com­puter. Without it I feel dis­con­nec­ted from the world. — Korlu Howard

I be­lieve I’d be OK without a cell phone. I say this only be­cause the cell phone I cur­rently (if you could call it a cell phone) has none of the cool or in­ter­est­ing fea­tures that make mod­ern phones so much fun. … It’s as ba­sic as a phone could be, with the only thing be­ing re­motely close to an app is the gen­er­al cal­cu­lat­or tool. I barely make any calls with the thing, and only keep it around for se­cur­ity pur­poses. — Jordan M. Cren­shaw

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