Smart phones becoming essential tools

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Cutline: Although rarely used for voice calling, Juan Parks, left, Eli Dalton, center and Aiden Benise, right, said their cell phones are crucial to socializing with their peers.


Juan Parks, 16, Aiden Benise, 15, and Eli Dalton, 16, depend on their cell phones for socialization, and they are not alone.

As of December 2014, there were more than 327.5 million cell phone subscribers in the United States, according to the Cellular Telecommunications and Internet Association.


Parks said he got his first cell phone at 10 years old. During the school year, he estimates that he spends six hours a day engaged in social media and videos for entertainment. That use increases to eight or nine hours a day in the summer.


“I feel it’s pretty impactful,” Parks said of his cell phone.


The electronic devices are so impactful that forty-six percent of Americans say they could not live without their smartphones, according to a recent Pew Research Center study.


None of the Morgan County teenagers feel they are addicted to their phones. In fact, Parks said he makes a conscious effort, a couple times a year, to part with his phone for a day or two.


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