photo by Makayla Banton
At a glance, Dripping Springs High School looks as normal as can be. Although, a new problem is invading these crammed halls, overpopulated cafeteria, and stuffed classrooms. They are the hidden companions of the students and teachers. These distractors are hidden in plain sight, and students and teachers have become addicted to them in many ways. These not-so -silent distractors are the cell phones that everyone seems glued to.
Students and teachers are plugged in to their phones more than ever, especially with the school’s lax phone policies. This has a huge impact on the high school’s community.
“I think they are way too easy on it,” freshman Brooke Gains said. “I think they should be a lot more strict, and I think teachers should have some more rules about it.”
With the school’s lax phone policy, students can use their phones freely, but not without the phone disrupting productivity.
“When people are on [their phones] and texting each other or Snapchatting during class, it distracts everyone around them,” freshman Regan Logsdon said, “especially when they are on Snapchat and filming things. It’s kind of nerve-racking almost.”
The use of phones at the school has become a double edged sword; some staff and students support phone use during class, while others oppose it.
“It is a mixed bag,” Ginny Lindzey, Latin teacher, said. “If you are too strict, then kids are going to try to hide their phones. If you are more moderate and understanding, I think that students can learn how to responsibly learn how to use their phone. That’s the most important thing. I mean, it is like, if you are trying to ban something, not everybody is going to do it.”
One problem after another pops up with the use of phones at the school, such as cheating, social media, and gaming.
“They are really distracting, and I tend to put my phone up when I’m doing my homework, because it helps me not be distracted,” Gains said. “So the biggest thing is that they are really distracting.”
With the growth and popularity of mobile devices like the iPhone, students have also found ways to increase their productivity.
“Well, I don’t know if other phones have it, but the new IOS update shows screen time and tells you how much you spend per week,” freshman Bryce Dye said. “I think [it’s] every Sunday, and it is enabled by default.”
With the new IOS update, students and teachers at the school have become more aware about their phone usage and screen time.
“It kind of alarms me how much I am on my phone, but I think that it is a good thing to know,” Logsdon said. “Know how much you are on it, know how much you are using it, and just realize that you don’t need it in some situations – in most situations actually. Just know that you can go without it.”
Written by Isabella Roske