"When you get a little older, you'll see how easy it is to become lured by the female of the species." - 1960's Batman TV show
Question #89519 posted on 04/28/2017 1:08 p.m.
Q:

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?

-Annoyed

A:

Dear you,

I bet if you went out of your way to talk to them you could ameliorate the problem.

-The Entomophagist

PS: If you're going to exaggerate, you might as well go all the way and say something ridiculous like 110%.

A:

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

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Dear you,

Did you write this question using your phone?

-Sunday Night Banter

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Annoyed,

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.

-Yog

A:

Dear Annoyed,

Because looking at your phone is easier than having to deal with reality.

-Sky Bones 

A:

Dear you,

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.

-Zedability

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Dear Annoyed,

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.

Der Berliner

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Dear dear deer,

'Cause you spend 100% of your time watching them, apparently. 

Suerte,

--Ardilla Feroz