Teens feen for media, neglect schoolwork


Canva by Kalorra Smith.

This bar graph reflects the types of social media apps teens obsess over, and the Instagram poll results describe student answers to the question, “How does social media popularity affect your life?”

Kalorra Smith, Staff Writer

Beloved apps such as TikTok, Snapchat, and Instagram have allowed teens to become fixated with their technology while in class. Despite the growth of their social networks, students should put aside cell phones and show some respect for their schoolwork and teachers. 

The use of social media interferes with one’s work ethic, as witnessed in a typical classroom. Students are caught daily while they check their platforms.

In a recent school survey, 76 out of 152 students voted that social media made it more difficult to complete assignments.

“Social media apps can cause students to lose a lot of valuable work time. Many students spend time in class to browse social media instead of completing classwork or starting their homework. They seem to value keeping up with their streaks more than keeping up with their classes,” said chemistry teacher Madison Davis, who switched from magnet chemistry to regular chemistry two years ago.

Davis explains that magnet chemistry students have recently transitioned from middle school with a similar no cell phone rule within their classes.

Davis allows students to retake tests and quizzes, which shows respect for her students; surely she deserves it in return.

However, at least once or twice a class, Davis has to stop instruction time to ask students to put away devices. 

Not only do students disrespect their teachers, but they also fail to complete their work because of the lack of concentration in class.

Professionals offer evidence as to why it is important not to multitask with devices in the classroom.

A study by Common Sense Media found that half of the teens in the study say they often use social media while they do work.

If it is scientifically proven that too many devices cause distractions, students should not use their phones in class. In fact, sophomore Kayla Higgs claims it does not help with her ADHD.

“The second my brain gets bored, I tend to pick up my phone right away knowing the consequences that follow. As soon as I can pick up my phone, the chances of me doing my work completely get slimmer and slimmer,” said Kayla.

Other students believe it does not affect their school work.

“I can handle my social media ‘fame’ and complete assignments for many reasons. Since cheer is so time-consuming, along with school, I typically do not have much time to spend on social media. I also do not pay attention to social media, I will post a birthday post and an occasional selfie here and there, but I mainly stay off social media,” said senior Courtney Abston, who has 5,713 Instagram followers.

A break from the fixation of media is needed to ensure student success, as students shift their obsessive focus from their phones to value time in class, care for their future, and show respect to the effort that educators put into their classes.