Dear 100 Hour Board,
Why oh why does almost every teenage boy I know spend 98% of their time staring at their phones? In seminary, school, church, everything. It drives me nuts. Does this happen everywhere?
I bet if you went out of your way to talk to them you could ameliorate the problem.
PS: If you're going to exaggerate, you might as well go all the way and say something ridiculous like 110%.
Dear Annoyed ~
I'm pretty sure I can say the same about the teenage girls I know. I don't think it's gender-specific.
~ Dragon Lady
Did you write this question using your phone?
-Sunday Night Banter
When people act annoyed at me or bothered by me I like to look at my phone instead, because it always loves me. If people tell me I am being annoying by looking at my phone, I assume they are annoyed so I look at my phone more and ignore them.
Hey, I'm not going to try to make someone who doesn't like me enjoy my presence. Life is short, my pal. YOLO.
Because looking at your phone is easier than having to deal with reality.
I am neither a teenager nor a boy, but here are some reasons I look at my phone:
- Most of my friends and family live far away, and it's easier to keep in touch with them via cell phone.
- I have an anxiety disorder, and simple puzzle games help calm me down while still allowing me to participate in whatever's going on around me.
- I have access to more information on a small, hand-held device than even the richest and most learned people in most other eras of human history. Why wouldn't I look at my phone?
- If Donald Trump starts a nuclear war, I want enough of a heads-up to find the nearest bomb-shelter-like structure.
- Frankly, I get bored really easily. Classes have always run too slowly for me. Quietly spending time on my phone is a less disruptive way to cope with that than whispering to my husband, and it's better than not attending class at all.
- I'm one of those people who can never have any unread emails in her inbox. This has extended to a compulsion to view all notifications at all times. What if it's important? What if I get too many notifications and then I never follow up and then I've terribly offended someone or forgotten to pay a bill or didn't receive external validation from random Internet people as soon as it was immediately available?
- I'm determined to finish Two Dots even though I still have over 500 levels to go. Don't download Two Dots. It will ruin your life.
Phone technology is designed to give you a dopamine hit. There's always something new and interesting, or the possibility of something new and interesting, in stark contrast with boring real life.
Dear dear deer,
'Cause you spend 100% of your time watching them, apparently.