The app-arent truth

Kylee Murray, Editor

“The more time we spend interconnected via a myriad of devices, the less time we have left to develop true friendships in the real world.” -Alex Morritt

Many teens and young adults spend an abundance of their time on their cell phones. Cell phone-related distractions may include checking apps–like Snapchat–constantly, sending messages to someone in the same room as you, or looking up the most recent drama circulating throughout school or the celebrity world. 

While almost everyone today has a cell phone, it is really interesting to compare teens and adults as far as phone usage is concerned. Abigale Trout and Mrs. Stocker are the focus for this particular comparison. Mrs. Stocker uses Facebook the most compared to Abigale using Snapchat the most. According to, the average American checks his/her phone 8 billion times a day. Mrs. Stocker admitted to checking her phone several times a day. Abigale, not to be hyperbolic, claims she checks her phone 1,200 times a day.

Abigale and Mrs. Stocker confessed they would not be able to live without their phones or social media for a week. While Mrs. Stocker has two social media apps on her phone, Abigale has six.

Checking social media while being with friends is  common among many that own smartphones. Abigale, whom is a teen, checks her phone while she is with friends. However, when compared to Mrs. Stocker, we see a difference. Mrs. Stocker tries not to check her phone while she is out with friends.

Social media and phones do have their advantages. Mrs. Stocker says that she likes how easy it is to talk to her family and friends whenever she likes. Abigale states that it’s nice to find out what’s going on faster–compared to a newspaper.

The disadvantages are equivalent to the advantages. Mrs. Stocker says people have lost face-to-face communication skills. Because of the rise of texting, she also mentioned that phone skills have suffered. Abigale says that the disadvantage she has noticed is that phones cause distracted driving.