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Some critics cautioned against singling out smartphones as the cause.

Yet even her critics argue that we need to start grappling with “the complexity of young people’s digital media use.” With 8 out of 10 parents saying their teens have phones, it’s hard not to believe that smartphones are having a significant impact on teenagers’ lives.

But it was after witnessing the reactions of fear, reluctance, annoyance, even rage, when his peers were asked to turn in their phones for one class period that he asked himself, “I wonder what I’d think about in my spare time if I didn’t have my phone.” So he said goodbye to Snapchat, Instagram and group chat.

In his mom’s words, “It’s no longer waiting for him any time he’s tired, bored or hungry.” And now he’s free to do different things in his spare time — freedom his peers, ironically, are jealous of.

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