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Writing E04-1

November 17, 2018

Why Students Should Not Have Phones


Nowadays, there are billions of students that have cell phones. Mostly all of the students

have the latest models of phones and they play video games on them everyday. Approximately

1.1 billion kids have phones and the number of devices that kids have is steadily increasing each

year. Students should not be allowed to have phones because it is bad for their health, it is very

addicting, and it affects academic performance.

Firstly, cell phones can be really bad for your health. One reason is because cell phones

transmit blue light that is harmful for your eyes. According to healthline.com, scientists at the

University of Toledo have found that blue light from computers and phones could lead to

macular degeneration, which is a cause of losing your vision. This can be very fatal to us and can

kill all our cells in our eyes! Would you like to be blind and never be able to see your parents or

friends? Another reason why phones should be banned is because according to

mentalhealthamerica.net, exposure to blue light can disturb our circadian rhythm. This is a

process that changes our sleeping/waking cycle. If the circadian rhythm is disturbed, it prevents

people sleeping well and it affects our mood. Finally, excessive use of phones by students can

result in them falling behind and becoming stressed as they would not have time to do school

work and study for tests.

Another reason why students should not have phones is because giving phones to

students can make them addicted. But why do people get addicted to their phones? This is a

question that many people wonder about. The answer to that question is because, according to
psychologytoday.com, phones trigger happy chemicals with social news and support. These

chemicals disappear quickly so people keep on using their phones to trigger these chemicals.

This is why so many people are addicted. Also, according to thedailybeast.com, “The average

teenager receives her phone at the age of 10 and spends over 4.5 hours a day on it (excluding

texting and talking). 78% of teens check their phones at least hourly.” Thirdly, having a phone

can affect a student’s academic performances. This is because according to mindbodygreen.com,

a study by London School of Economics showed that a cell phone ban in schools had an

improvement in test scores. The study involved 130,000 students and 91 schools in England.

Researchers discovered that the scores on the national exam improved by 6.4%. The

underachieving students improved by14%.. Lastly, according to tandonline.com, students that

were not using their phones wrote down 62% more notes. They also scored higher than students

that used their phones frequently.

Finally, many people say that students use their phones for research. However, that is not

exactly true. According to phys.org, in a study of 675 students in 26 states, the students in the

study said that they spend 20% of their classroom time using devices for things that were

irrelevant to class work, like texting and games. This means in a school year of 180 days, they

spent 36 whole days just playing games and texting.

Ultimately, students should not be allowed to have phones. Devices could harm one

health, make students obsessed with phones, and lower their grades. Therefore, students must not

be allowed to have phones.


Works Cited

www.psychologytoday.com

Phys.org

mindbodygreen.com

Tandonline.com

Thedailybeast.com
Healthline.com

Mentalhealthamerica.net