Do Smartphones Help or Hurt Students’ Academic Achievement? – The Atlantic

I next contacted Richard Freed, a clinical psychologist and the author of Wired Child: Reclaiming Childhood in a Digital Age, who works with a wide range of children and families in the San Francisco Bay area.

“High levels of smartphone use by teens often have a detrimental effect on achievement, because teen phone use is dominated by entertainment, not learning, applications,” he said.

Source: Do Smartphones Help or Hurt Students’ Academic Achievement? – The Atlantic

Cellphone etiquette, and etiquette in general seems to be frowned upon by a majority of society. Knowing when and where devices can and could be used would do much to help integrate this new technology into our lives.

It bothers me when I see so many devices out during events. These are people that are more involved with their device, trying to capture a picture or movie, then with the people they are with and/or the performer. I’m reminded of this picture:

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This is a woman who is part of the moment, and committed to it 100%. And then we have a woman who couldn’t put down her phone to look up at the Pope… I mean IT’S THE POPE!

People take pictures with their mobile phones as Pope Francis arrives to visit the Roman parish of "Santa Maria dell'Orazione" in Guidonia Montecelio near Rome on March 16, 2014.  AFP PHOTO / ALBERTO PIZZOLI        (Photo credit should read ALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP/Getty Images)

People take pictures with their mobile phones as Pope Francis arrives to visit the Roman parish of “Santa Maria dell’Orazione” in Guidonia Montecelio near Rome on March 16, 2014. AFP PHOTO / ALBERTO PIZZOLI (Photo credit should read ALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP/Getty Images)

I’m all for using tech use, but not at the expense of life.

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