Break up with your cellphone before you go to college, recommends John Warner for Inside Higher Ed. Smart phones distract students from learning and studying, and they make it less likely a conversation will start up between students before class if both are busy texting. Plus, phones can make you anxious and depressed if you fall prey to the “envy spiral,” where we compare ourselves to others’ lives idealized through social media.
But students can break cellphone addictions. Warner recommends turning phones off for an hour at a time while studying, and turning off the gadgets all together during classes. “You can live happily without checking Facebook, Twitter or Instagram dozens of times a day,” he writes. “Almost nothing important happens in these virtual spaces ever. …Think how uneventful your own life is.”