Mug Hannah Ball, Staff Reporter

Tri-County Times | Hannah Ball

Young people do have manners even if we spend too much time on our smartphones.

 As a 22-year-old kind-of adult, I’m a hardcore millennial who freaks out when her phone isn’t in her line of sight. Ninety-five percent of the time, I think that’s a good thing.

 When I got my first phone, I was told to absolutely not lose it. It’s your way to contact police and Mom in case of an emergency.

 It’s still true.

 It’s the world’s most popular medium of communication. I have many ongoing online conversations with friends, family, and contacts for stories.

 I can fact check something on my phone, and show people what nonsense Donald Trump is spewing now.

 I’m on Facebook a lot, and a year ago, I would have said it was too much, but not anymore.

 Facebook is where I get the majority of my news. According to neimanlabs.com, 70 percent of users use the site for news every day. That’s hardly a bad thing.

 It’s cheap excitement when I’m not satisfied with the world. Too often I’m still bored watching TV or sewing, and want another source of entertainment.

 Older generations didn’t have these gadgets growing up, but I grew up with TVs, and knew how to use a computer and cell phone by age 11. It’s ingrained into my life.

 I learn new things online every day. I can watch a video tutorial on working with worbla and EVA foam, or learn about Ireland’s Great Famine in the 1800s that caused major emigration.

 We hold the world’s information in our hands. I utilize it.

 Although, because of the instant access of communication, it’s also rude not to respond to someone who texted, messaged, or emailed you. With great technology comes great responsibility. I feel like I’m disappointing someone when I ignore my phone and when I don’t.

 You should always have your phone on you, right? So why shouldn’t you always respond? I, and everyone with a smartphone, face this pressure every day. 

 Condemning smartphones is ridiculous — their usefulness depends on how you use them.

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