Ah phones! As a school teacher they can be the bane of my existence. I see them sucking energy and attention from my students and I believe they are an addictive vice for many.
I have experienced the same myself, although not growing up with this I can easily focus on study or work or spend time in nature for hours without the phone in sight. I’m not sure many of my students could say the same.
As someone who runs an online business, I value the connection and communication that this technology offers, for example connecting with you through writing these blogs.
I follow lots of inspirational people and companies on Instagram and Facebook and I'm also subscribed to some great blogs, however I can sometimes use this as an excuse for excess scrolling time.
For many teens they aren’t being inspired by the material coming at them through their phones. Unfortunately bullying and negative comments are the norm and unlike days past (only very recent days past) going home doesn’t mean getting away from the bully. The bully can follow you everywhere.
“Why do teens keep checking their phones if they know the bully could be there?”
Have you ever been in conflict with a superior?
Did you feel like you could speak up and be heard?
Imagine being in a situation where you are being bullied and belittled and there’s nothing you can do.
How would you get your voice to be heard?
You probably would do very poor work in this situation. Not because you weren’t capable – but because you wanted to get back at your boss in whatever way you could.
Maybe you would speak to some others of influence in your organisation. But what if still no change happened?
And then, what if you had to give a speech about this superior at a work function? A thankyou speech. Would you sing fake praises? Would you be obviously brief – following the rule of “if you don’t have anything nice to say don’t say anything at all”?