Phones become the new Napoleon

Staff Editorial

Students these days are on their phones constantly, completely ignoring the world around them. They are small and have completely taken over daily life. One can see them on television, on the internet, on billboards, on posters, but most annoyingly, in hands.  Is this really necessary? Is sharing every second of their life really that important to them? No one wants to receive that text that badly. The rapid evolution of cellular phones since their invention in the early 90’s is flabbergasting. At first cell phones were available to be installed in cars, then in ridiculously large suitcases, and now cell phones can fit in a pocket. They used to be considered as a house phone on the go. Nowadays cell phones have the ability to connect their users to the world at the palm of their hands.  While all of this is great, phones have also separated people as much as they have cyber-linked them. Everyone is so focused on their two by three inch touch screens that they forget that there is a whole world waiting to be explored and people to be met. They are so distracted on texting their friends and running virtual farms that they forget that there are many more people to whom they can talk directly and probably get much better opinions on why their BFF never called back. It was probably because their so called best-friend-fo’eve’ was busy leading an actual life that involves some type of work that is not being the boss of a zombie ninja mafia. There is a reason why phones are prohibited in school and it is not because the administration wants to prohibit friendship. In fact, they promote friendship! The reason they prohibit phones and materialize behind students as soon as they see a phone is because they care about the future. Administration bans phones because they are aware that students can be easily distracted in class when they have the ability to catapult a bird into a wood, ice, or stone structure that contains green pigs that steal eggs. But if they were paying attention to their physics or biology class they would understand why a bird will not break ice or split into three at the touch of a finger. They also know that once students understand these concepts they will lead a successful life as something important and not a bird flipper. Life extends farther than unlimited text messages. Students need to realize that this is their future on the line. Pay attention now, earn the greenbacks later. When cash is flowing out of the pockets and there is no need for worry then maybe a quick bird attack is an option. But until then, work on the task at hand. Put the phones away and socialize in person, learn about the world and all its wonders, see planet Earth at work! Life is bigger than a phone screen, so why limit it to one?