Every year our school selects 10 shining students from every division who appear for the H.T. Scholarship.

I was privileged to be among the 60 students who won the Hindustan Times Scholarship ( Mumbai ) for the year 2018. Here is the essay I wrote on the topic:

Are we addicted to our mobile phones and computer technology? if so, how can we reduce the addiction?

             ESCAPING THE ‘CELL’

“Cellphones are so convenient that they are an inconvenience”

– Haruki Murakami


The greatest puzzles answered using Google, grocery ordered on Big Basket, food delivered with a swipe of a finger using Swiggy, all the while assisted by Alexa. The smart technology of the 21st century has surely made our lives convenient. However, for this ease, we have traded our souls, with 44% of Indian adolescents suffering from mobile addiction and 66% of adults suffer from nomophobia, the fear of being away from our mobile phones. They are holding us prisoners, no wonder they are called cell phones!!

The computer and mobile technology do offer immense benefits, but we have to be watchful of falling prey to their obsessive craving. Overuse of these tools can lead not just to eye strain and neck problems but also sleep disturbances, depression and anxiety.

The time has come to disconnect to connect. I am taking a pledge to be a conscious, mindful and disciplined user of cell phone and computer technology, promising myself to use the phone only for emergencies. Promising myself to open a book instead of my browser and writing a birthday card instead of a group message.  Most importantly, cherishing myself for who I truly am, not the likes my pictures get or the number of followers I have.

Do join me as I take this pledge for now is the moment to open the windows of our hearts and hear the real twitter of birds, now is the moment for #realme!!

                                                                                   -By Lavanya Gupta

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