The word teenager in recent years has become nearly synonymous with cell phones. In a survey conducted by common sense media states teenagers spend nearly 6 and a half hours a day on screens or close to half of the 14 hour days most teenagers are awake a day. Boys according to the same study generally spend more times on video games while girls tend to spend more time on social media and texting. Considering school lasts 6 and a half hours the average teen finds themselves already desperately short on time and with many doing sports and other extracurricular activities the time shortage becomes more profound. In addition 63% teens own a smartphone which makes up for about 45% percent of teens screen time. Mountain View student Shawn Stutz said “Cell Phones are a distraction from real life, they keep you tied to a screen when you could be having real fun” Shawn got rid of his smart phone after a recent trip to mexico, and has found a surprising amount of extra time. The american youth could be vastly more productive if the amount of time spent using various electronics was cut down to a more reasonable amount. For the good of the future the parents and teens of today should work together to limit screen time, and learn self-control.