It is difficult to imagine a time without cell phones connecting people across the city, country, and world. The mobile phone is now a part of popular customs. New customs, rituals and routines are developing around what is being used everyday. Cell phones have changed how we communicate. Earlier studies have looked at activity in the addiction circuits of the teenage brain when they are actually interacting with social media. It found that cells in one of these areas, the nucleus accumbens, were activated when participants viewed social media accounts with more likes.

“I see technology changing the world as it continue to grow and time changes,” said Keyera Holley (11). Many people let technology completely take over their life, they stop everything they have going on. Most of everyone feels differently about technology, mainly the younger people feel as if they have to stay updated with all technology. Some older people do not care if social media or cell phones are around as popular as they are today.  

“Spending time on social media means a lot to me, I feel like I have to stay updated on everything,” said, Jakailyn Poole (11). Poole also said “I am updated on majority of everything cell phone wise and social media wise.” There are new cell phones that come out each year seem like and Poole (11) have to get it to stay updated, she pay for it so she know she will have it for sure.

More than half of teens say hey spend too much time on their cell phones, and the other half say they overdo it on social media. Many parents believe their teens are too attached to their phones – maybe even addicted. According to Common Sense Media, teens spend an average of nine hours a day online, compared to about six hours for those aged eight to 12 and 50 minutes for kids between zero and eight. Any way it is cut, it is a lot of time staring at a screen.

“I do not use my cell phone as much, I would rather talk face to face I am not a big fan of the newest technology,” said, Drey Moore (12). Some can not say for sure that we are growing use of smartphones caused the increase mental health issues , that was by far the biggest change in teens’ lives between 2010 and 2015. Interestingly, teens who spent more time doing sports, homework, socializing with friends in real life, and going to church had a lower risk for both depression and suicide.