Abigail Buchanan ’14- Entertainment Editor

Over a year ago, Romeo High School implemented a new rule for the use of cellphones in the classroom. Rooms and hallways were designated as green zones, yellow zones and red zones. Teachers had the ability to make their classroom either a yellow or red zone, determined on how much they want to allow their students to use their phones, or other electronics.
However, instead of focusing in class, many students are often on their phones, scrolling through Twitter, playing games, or busying themselves with any app they can find to occupy their minds. Teenagers today have become more dependent on their cellphones than ever before.
Due to these cellphone addictions, R News created a challenge for three students to give up all phone use for one full school day. Collin Engel (12), Sotria Seremetis (12), and Joseph Meyers (10) agreed to hand over their phones for one full school day. Admitting that they are addicted to their phones, the students agreed to take the challenge to see what it is like and share their experiences.
Due to Engel’s close relationship with his phone, he found this challenge to be outside of his comfort zone.
“It was kind of weird when I didn’t have anything else to do,” Engel said. “I just sat there and literally did nothing.”
Throughout the day, Engel found himself reaching to check his phone, only to realize it wasn’t there. Without access to Twitter, an app Engel is on almost every hour of every day, he had to find other ways to occupy himself. Without his phone, Engel says he did not have the distractions or constant connection with friends and social media.
“I was much more productive with school when I didn’t have my phone, but I really missed tweeting,” Engel said.
Seremetis, also an avid social media user, said it was weird to not have her phone at the corner of her desk.
“I was so used to having it around, but I was definitely able to get more work done, study and be more involved in class,” Seremetis said.
As well as using his phone to pass the time text friends, Meyers uses his phone as a tool to help him work out while in the weight room. Listening to music during a workout is something he often utilizes his phone for.
“I wasn’t able to workout as well because I didn’t have my music,” Meyers said.
Each student found that changing this normalcy for a day was uncomfortable, however, each conceded that they were more productive than usual without the distraction. They realized that their phones were not as vital to their day as they had originally believed them to be.
When is the last time you checked your phone?
How often will you catch yourself now?
Could you take the challenge?

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