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Abdalla Faiad
“Phones are good tools but bad masters,” writes Abdalla Faiad.

Imagine this (or perhaps, you don’t have to imagine it): You’re out to dinner with your friends, and everyone is on their phones, which misses the entire purpose of going out to eat together. Even as you try to converse with them, the conversation feels dry and seems to be aimless as everyone stares at their phones. 

They are not interested in listening to you. Instead, they are more interested in holding conversations online. 

It’s a sad reality, but it happens more than you would think. Phones are slowly taking our lives away from us, and we’re doing nothing to stop it. 

Although phones are a great tool—if you use them right—they can also control people, especially the younger audience. Our generation is introduced to phones and technology at a young age, and some erroneously come to believe that technology is all they need in life. Rather than living how we should, we live through our phones.

In the current climate, phones are a distraction and an escape from reality. Phones are good tools but bad masters. What I mean by this is that phones are becoming our masters because they control us and how we live our lives. 

Phones also affect students’ performances in the classroom, according to teachers around the nation. Cell phones present an enormous distraction in the classroom, and even when the devices aren’t being used, the mere buzz and jolt from a phone notifications can capture students’ attention, taking them up to 20 minutes to refocus, according to a recent report from The United Nations. 

So do yourself a favor and put the phone away. Be your own master and start living your life.

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Abdalla Faiad, Journalist
Hi, I'm Abdalla Faiad a journalist for The Spartans Speak. When I'm not doing schoolwork, I tend to play soccer or hangout with friends in my free time. I am a 4 year varsity player for the boys soccer team and I’m one of the captains this year. My favorite subject in school is social studies, specifically, history classes. I got into Journalism because I want others to keep in check with the community by reading my articles.