Are cellphones truly the problem?



What are your thoughts on the use of cellphones in class?

Omar Alfaro Reyes, Guest Writer

In the classroom, phones can be a major source of distraction and can cause many problems. Social media notifications, text messages, and phone calls frequently distract students’ attention from the teacher and the lessons being taught. Even if students attempt to resist the urge to check their phones, the fact that they are there can cause them to become distracted as they start to wonder if they missed an important notification. This causes them to do poorly on tests and it affects their grades dramatically.

Using a phone in class can mess with several other students’ ability to learn as well. The sound of the notification or the sight of the screen lighting up during class can distract others around them. For students who are easily distracted, this might be especially difficult because it may be hard for them to focus on the subject being taught. Existing studies provide evidence that ‘allowing phones in the classroom negatively impacts test scores and long-term learning retention.’ (

The use of cellphones in class might also limit student participation and engagement. Students who are engaged on their phones may not be paying attention in class or participating in discussions. Students may lose out on important information or fall behind in their academics as a result of this. Students who use their phones in class are also less likely to participate in class discussions and ask questions, which can affect their learning. Using cellphones in class might also show disrespect for the teacher. Students that use their phones during class do not demonstrate an interest in what the teacher has to say.

Essentially, using a phone while in class can affect a student’s grades. It can be a significant source of distraction, interfere with the classroom environment, decrease student interest and participation, and show disrespect for the teacher. Regardless of the numerous benefits of phones, it’s important to set restrictions on their use in the classroom to create a positive learning environment. Students can concentrate on their work and achieve their full academic potential by limiting phones being used in class.