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Is your phone
your new best friend?

#accessories, #mobilephones

Technology is great and there’s no doubt about it mobile phones are fun and keep us connected to friends and what’s going on in the world. But, have you ever stopped to think about just how much time you spend on your phone each day and what impact this may have on you and those around you?

  • Did you know that using your phone late at night can actually delay a good night’s sleep! As can the constant beeping or vibrating of texts coming in. So, why not charge your phone downstairs so you can get some beauty sleep?

  • If you are one of the many students that take your phone into school, you will already know how distracting it can be in lesson time with the temptation to look at your messages, listen to music or visit social networking sites. This will ultimately cause issues with concentration and your school work will suffer. So, consider leaving your phone in your locker or switched off during school time. After all, the people you want to chat with the most are more than likely in your class anyway.

  • Could your phone be adding extra pounds to your figure? Studies have shown that people who use mobile phones, PC’s and other electrical devices can miss out on precious physical outdoor activities which are vital if you want to be a healthy weight. So yes, use your phone but only to call your friends to organise time at your local swimming pool, ice skating rink or bike ride in your local park.

  • Research has shown that texting can actually lead to physical health problems such as cramps or tendinitis; this condition can cause pain and throbbing to the wrist and thumb if repeated texting is something you do on a daily basis.

  • OMG my BFF makes me ROFL ? -Yes mobiles have a secret language all of their own and it’s fun to share messages with your friends that you know your parents will not understand. But don’t be tempted to introduce this text speak into your written work. The English language is beautiful and the more you use it, the more interesting you will be to others when it’s time to have a face to face conversation.

  • On a more serious note, the anonymity of texting has seen an increase in cyber bullying with hurtful and malicious things being said that would never be uttered if these people found themselves face to face with the person in question. So, before you text anyone consider two things: 1. Am I being clear? Could someone get the wrong impression and be offended? 2. How would I feel if someone sent me this text?

  • Very often you reach for your phone to play games, text friends or log into social media sites out of boredom. But there are other options…

    • Get creative – read through magazines and make a board of your favourite fashions, colours, music, pets, etc.. and share your ideas with others.

    • Get cooking – whether it’s yummy chocolate cupcakes to share with friends or being creative with a family meal. Getting messy in the kitchen is always great fun.

Finally, no one is saying you should stop using your phone altogether but just ask yourself how bad would it be if you were incognito for an hour or two a day? The world won’t stop if you do not immediately respond to a text and how cool would it be to say to your friends that you simply didn’t have the time to text or chat because you were too busy living your life!

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Abz

I`m in year 7 and I still don`t have a phone, if it ever comes up in conversation people often ask how I survive without one and if I am ever on my own. But the thing is that I easily survive and I walk home from school on my own and still go out places without my parents. Just shows how easy life still is without a stupid phone.

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At school everyone just goes on there phones at break and lunch.

Hans

love rhis blog and im a phone addict

Same RHI

Im not allowed it

Hello

Perhaps I can show this to some people, be aware of your friends as they may not all be phone addicts or have the latest forms of social media. When you are with friend or family try implementing some 'rules' to make sure you enjoy your time together rather than texting from other sides of the same room. I know in my household we have a rule of no electronic devices (other than TV for a film night or computer for work) when guests are around, unfortunately I once invited home two computer addicts who didn't seem to understand our family views.......until we disconnected the WIFI and blocked any plug sockets suitable for charging.

Rhi

Whenever I go out with friends they are always on histogram but I do not have it so I just sit there in silence.

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