As teenagers, we always have our electronic devices with us. Wherever we go. Even adults have them more often than not. Cellphones, iPods, iPads, tablets ... such wonderful convenient devices that we take wherever we go.
Advances in technology have been an incredible gift. They give us faster and better communication with people, whether they're right next to us or halfway across the world. With a touch of a button we can find directions to our destination when we become lost. We can "talk" to Siri, asking questions, and she will answer back. We basically have a mini traveling computer in our pockets that also has the wonderful ability of being able to call people.
But with all the good that technology has done, it has also had some bad effects too. Real conversations between teens and others have pretty much disappeared. Everything is rushed; the phone never leaves the owner's hand. You see this everywhere: in classrooms at school, during meetings, at the table during meals.
Unfortunately, for us teenagers, we are slightly off balance. Still growing up and going through the stages to adulthood, we sometimes can get rather upset and angry. We have emotional breakdowns and temper tantrums that cause us to lash out at people and objects. Could be a poorly worded text that gets autocorrected again and again, leading to frustration; or a "so-sorry-but-it's-not-working-out" breakup over text; or even a text or call from dear Mom telling you what needs to be done and if it's not done so help me ...
All these things are just some of the contributing factors for abuse -- abuse of our electronics. Phones are thrown and slammed down, dropped, stepped on and much more.
A friend of mine, a junior at Syracuse High, had quite the phone. A Nokia to be exact, and for everyone who doesn't know what a Nokia phone is, or why it's important, Nokias are pretty much indestructible. My friend made this quite clear and obvious, by throwing his Nokia everywhere. At the walls, on the floor, across the room -- and surprisingly, the phone would never break. It would only split into three parts that were easy enough to put back together.
But I strongly advise people with phones or iPods not to throw them around for sport, because one day they will break. As I found out for myself. I didn't have a Nokia, but I still considered my phone indestructible. How very wrong I was!
One fine summer day when I was with my friends, I received a rather distressing text that made me angry. Not liking what I had been sent, I threw my phone, aiming for the grass, but I overshot by about two feet and the phone landed in the middle of the street. A scratch on the corner and a broken slide keyboard were the result.
Unfortunately for the phone, it was stuck with me until my next upgrade, which wasn't for another three months. Let me just say, may the wonderful phone rest in peace ... or should I say, pieces.
Abusing your phone doesn't help most situations at all; in fact, more often than not, it just makes matters worse. And I'm not pointing any fingers, because obviously, I'm guilty of abusing my phone too.
But just think about it the next time you're angry about something you've seen on a social media website, or a text that you just received. It's not the phone's fault. Be kind, be gentle -- it's a friend, not a foe!
Brynn Whaley is a junior at Syracuse High School. Email her at email@example.com.