Appropriate Times To Put Down Your Smartphone

We are living in a world full of technology. Between, iPhone’s, computers, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest, it’s a wonder how students get any work done!

However, there is a time and place to use these technologies and social media sites, and I believe that the line between appropriate and inappropriate is dangerously getting blurred.

If you can, close out of Facebook, or hold off on that text, and take a look at this list of when to turn off technology:

  • When you should be doing homework

It may seem obvious, but if it’s so obvious why do people still not listen? Admittedly, I’m an offender too, but I think it’s important for everyone to at least try to close out of every window on the computer besides the ones pertaining to homework when necessary. Even if you’re putting words on the page while Facebook chatting, or online browsing, admit it, they’re not as good as if they got your full attention. You will be surprised at how much faster and better you get your homework done when it has your full concentration.

  • When you are in class

Similarly to the above, the temptation to plug yourself in during class can be overwhelming. I mean how many times can you hear about Freud’s theories, right? Well, the answer is as many times as your professor wants. Although, it may seem like you can tune it out because you have all the information, you can miss due date changes, project guidelines, or variations in information, if your eyes are glued to the computer or phone screen.

  • When you should be sleeping

Browsing around the Internet can get mindless after a while. After all your activities of the day are over at night and you’re feeling bored or drowsy, instead of flipping up the computer screen, lay your head down and get some sleep! You’ll be thankful in the morning.

  • When you could be hanging out with your friends

If you find yourself in a position where you don’t have to be doing homework, you don’t have work or any other obligations, you should be hanging out with your friends in person and having real conversations rather than virtual ones. You make memories in person not over instant messages.

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Lisa Manente

Lisa Manente

Lisa Manente is a senior at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT. She will be graduating with the BA in Media Studies and Communications in May. Editing the Entertainment section for her university’s newspaper and magazine has fueled her passion for entertainment journalism, which is the career path she plans to explore. In her free time she enjoys reading, traveling, listening to music, and catching up on celebrity gossip.