Phones have became a must-have for teenagers in the last 10 years. Nationwide, 91% of kids between the age of 13-17 have a cell phone or some type of electronic device. A recent study conducted in Helix, Oregon shows that 92% of high schoolers have a phone.
For years, there has been a debate between which phone, Samsung or Apple, is better, and the students of Helix seem to lean towards the iphone. Eleven out of the thirteen students surveyed have an Apple iphone of some sort. Only one out of thirteen has a Samsung, while another student doesn't have a phone, but uses an ipad.
Many students at Helix have admitted to spending too much time on their phone. One student admitted to spending five or more hours on their phone. Two students spend 4-5 hours looking at their phone screen. Three spend 3-4 hours on their phone, three spend 2-3, and lastly, four out of thirteen spend 1-2 hours of time on their phone daily. Most students have admitted to spending too much time on their phones and using it as a distraction so that boredom doesn't get the best of them.
Out of the students surveyed, 100% have at least some form of social media account to keep them entertained. Of all the platforms available, 77% of students said that they have a SnapChat account. Instagram is also a commonly used form of social media at nearly 77%, beating out both Facebook and Twitter. Only 54% of students still have Facebook on their devices, and just 31% say that they have Twitter. There is also another 23% that say they have another form of social media, such as YouTube or Pinterest. There are not any students who don't have some form of social media.
It is said that most teenagers would prefer to text over call, and Helix students seem to enjoy both. The majority (54%) say that they don't prefer one over the other and like both. Just 38% of students admitted to prefering to text over calling, and 8% of students would rather just make a phone call instead of going through the hassle of a text message.
Every student uses their phone for different things. Some say that they use it mostly to communicate with people. Some students say that they use their phones for music. Others say that they use their phones to look up inspiration or to look on Pinterest for ideas. There are even a few students who admit to using their phone to cure their boredom and to procrastinate on what they really need to be doing. Some also use their phones for Google Maps or to check the weather. Every student is different, but the common thing that ties each one together is the large amount of time that they spend on their phones.
Phones have become a part of most people's daily life. Most teenagers spend more time on their phones than actually talking to real people.
Phones and the internet can become very addicting and social media continues to draw in our youth. Even the people at the small school of Helix spend a lot of time on their phones.