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Opinion: Students should consider turning off their phones occasionally to boost productivity

JagWire reporter Hailey Perrin turns her phone off for a day to see the impacts on her focus and productivity
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By Madelyn Mulryan

Mill Valley News: Did turning off your phone improve your focus at school?

Hailey Perrin: During my day to day life my screen time reached nearly six hours each day previous to this experiment.
As far as focus goes during the first half of my first block, English, no. I was almost more distracted thinking about all the things I could be missing on my phone. However eventually it leveled and by second block psychology class I had almost completely forgotten about not checking my phone.

MVN: How did you feel throughout the day without your phone?

HP: Forcing myself to not check my phone or even touch it gave me more anxiety than I have on a general school day. I was scared that I would miss something important or be left out about some local or social news. Uneasy and hyper was another thing I noticed rising in levels. I was getting bored quickly and almost felt like I needed to multitask but I wasn’t sure how to without my phone.

MVN: What benefits and drawbacks did you notice during the day?

HP: As far as benefits go I was able to read over a hundred pages of a book which I had been struggling to force myself to read for a while now. As far as my actual academic day, once I was able to use my laptop for music my focus went through the roof and I got all my assignments done for the week. However I did notice that I was behind on conversations my friends were having which left me feeling left out and confused.

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Hailey Perrin
Hailey Perrin, JagWire reporter/photographer
This is junior Hailey Perrin’s second year on the JagWire staff. She is looking forward to another year of designing and some more exploring in writing and photography. Outside of the newspaper room she enjoys traveling, anything creative and photography. If she is not doing one of those things she will be with her friends having the time of her life.
Madelyn Mulryan
Madelyn Mulryan, JagWire reporter/photographer
This is sophomore Madelyn Mulryan’s first year on the JagWire staff. She is exploring all roles for newspaper but especially writing. She enjoys reading, listening to music, spending quality time with friends and binge-watching shows. Maddie is involved in Youth for Refugees, Women’s Empowerment, Model UN and Debate. She is excited to make this year of newspaper great!

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