Ask a Better Question! Cell phone off?

January 4, 2018
Posted by: Henry Jordan
Student Cell phone use and abuse

Ask a better question about Cell Phones– International Students - turn your cell phone off?

“How many hours a day will I turn my cell phone off?”

Bias Alert - I believe everyone should turn their phone off a few hours during the day!

Why would I say that? I think people are more important than phones and hopefully we spend hours each day with people.

Minda Zetlin details 9 reasons to turn our phones off in this article.  The articles perspective revolves around productivity both professional and personally. Smart to identify how these reasons are also true for students. I found it both practical and insightful.
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Paul Barnwell from the Atlantic took a look at how smart phones can be a net positive tool in the classroom. I like how he points to how we can work and learn to take advantage of a Cell Phones remarkable power. Clearly this is something we can improve on...there is much to learn. Smart limits are better than all or nothing.Click here to ACCESS.

Ivana Kottasova reports an upside for no cell phones in school. This is a bit dated as it takes the other side of cell phone power - identifying that it is another uneven playing field among demographics. Click here to ACCESS.

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Ready to learn more about your current cell phone habits? Take this quick quiz to get started.The quiz is a fine beginning - but don't stop there. Give it some thought...when does your phone make your life work like never before? Likewise - What do you lose when your cell phone is at your disposal? When I think about this honestly - the answer is not flattering...what do you think?

Sandee LaMotte looks at smartphone use and brain function. Please read this - just to ask yourself even better questions. Both sleep and executive functions are areas of focus. Everyone wants better sleep and executive function.

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Here are my suggestions:

  • Turn your phone OFF in class unless the teacher requests otherwise.
  • Take advantage of 'Do Not disturb" and "Airplane Mode" options.
  • Turn your phone off as a group when you are with friends - you will be amazed at the impact this has...and reveal how often you reach for your phone.

In the next few weeks we will be reviewing the best possible questions to ask ourselves. I hope you will join us and more importantly utilize the questions to make your life the way you want it to be.

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