Apps Are A Waste of Time

Sophie Blumberg, Op-Ed Contributor

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In our modern and fast-paced world, we rely on technology to help us in our day to day activities. We find ourselves never being far from our smartphones because we use them for just about everything. Our phones have become handheld video games, and we have become addicted to downloading and playing them during every spare moment we have. However, it seems that the time we spend on our phones using apps can isolate us and even affect our behavior negatively.

Two years ago, a 28-year-old man was playing Pokemon Go in his car and was trying to catch a Pokemon. He was so distracted, he did not pay attention to his driving and wound up hitting a tree. Thankfully, he only had some minor injuries. Would you want that to happen to you? Apps can be very distracting and can cause us to waste our time, so people should use them less.

First, a Chicago Teenager was arrested for killing his own brother after his brother achieved a higher score on popular game ‘Flappy Bird’. This situation is a good example of how being addicted to a gaming app can create a dangerously competitive emotion that can negatively impact a kids behavior. It will drive you crazy, and also it can make you do bad things to yourself or other people.
Next, apps not only take up your phone storage, but they also take up your time. When you really stop and think, it is amazing that we still call our phones “phones” at all. There is an app for almost anything and we spend far more time playing apps on these devices instead of actually talking on them. In fact, we all have become very impersonal as we tend to use texting apps to communicate instead of talking with our voices to each other. If you are like me, I am not a very good typer. It takes me much more time to have a conversation when texting versus trying to talk over the phone.

While apps take up valuable storage space on our devices and can distract us from doing other things, there are many people that find apps very important and for some, even critical tools in their daily life. For example, I took a ride in a taxi cab and gave the driver the address of the place I wanted to go. He simply typed the information into his navigation app on his phone and he got turn by turn directions to take me to my destination. In another example, I was having dinner with my family at a restaurant we all decided we wanted to go to the theater to see a movie. I opened up my movie app to see what was playing at a theater near the restaurant. Within a few seconds, I was able to see all the movies playing nearby and was even able to buy tickets online and download them to my phone. When we got to the theater we were able to walk right in and avoid the ticket lines. It is clear to see that some apps provide a lot of value and can help us get information quickly and in some cases even help us save time.

As technology improves second by second, so will the development of new apps that are designed to get our attention and take up our time. We have to do our best to make good choices and reduce distractions to take us away from face to face interactions. Many apps create those distractions so I ask the next time you feel the urge to pick up your phone and play a game, choose instead to read a book, clean your room, or actually use your smartphone as a phone and call your grandma and just say hi.

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Sophie Blumberg, Contributor

Sophie Blumberg is an eighth grader at Warner Middle School. Sophie is part of Warner Yearbook and The Warner Newspaper. Sophie's favorite snack is popcorn. ...