by Kathiann Kowalski
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Watch Out: Cell Phones Can Be Addictive
- Kathiann Kowalski
Dr. James Roberts is marketing professor and the author of a study about cell phone addiction that appeared in the August 2014 Journal of Behavioral Addictions. Here, Kathiann Kowalski of Science News for Students covers the results of his study: too much dependence on your smartphone isn't smart.Pair “Watch Out: Cell Phones Can be Addictive” with “’Couch potatoes’ tend to be TV-energy hogs” to provide students with information about the addictive nature of cellphones. Do students think that television is similarly addictive? Why or why not? Ask students to consider how cell phones are powered. Are cell phones wasting energy or affecting the environment in other ways?
Tiny Plastic, Big Problem
- Alison Pearce Stevens
When plastic was invented at the turn of 20th century, it was lauded as a miraculous new material that could be used to create innumerable products. Few could have recognized the impact that plastic would have on our world – particularly in our oceans – over the course of a century.Pair “Tiny Plastic, Big Problem” with “’Couch potatoes’ tend to be TV-energy hogs” to provide students with another example of how humans pollute the environment. Ask students to discuss how plastic, and other trash, ends up in the environment. How does the plastic that humans introduce into the environment, as well as the greenhouse gases, negatively affect our planet? What can humans do to reduce the amount of trash and pollutants in the environment?