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53. From Smartphones to Stressors: Unmasking the Effects of Cell Phone Addiction on Teachers

May 23, 2023

Are kids today addicted to their phones? And more importantly, how does this addiction affect their presence in the classroom? But let's not stop there. Let's reflect on ourselves as adults. Are we also caught in the grip of phone addiction? Today's topic hits home for me personally, as I've witnessed the staggering number of cell phone issues in my classroom, ranging from distractions to cyberbullying, over the past few years. But I've also come to realize, I too, might be addicted.

Recently, I've made a conscious effort to reduce my social media usage and prioritize meaningful connections with my family. This self-reflection has opened my eyes to the profound impact of phone addiction on our mental health as teachers. In this episode, we'll explore surprising statistics, my own journey of taking a social media hiatus, and the steps I'm taking to address this issue. Together, we'll learn how to set boundaries, break free from the addiction cycle, and ultimately protect ourselves from teacher burnout and increased stress. It's time to reclaim our classrooms from cell phone addiction.


  • Is cell phone addiction taking over our classrooms?
  • My personal experience with cell phone addiction in the classroom
  • Surprising statistics about cell phone and social media addiction
  • Why are people so addicted?
  • How cell phones increase stress and add to the stress cycle
  • How cell phone addiction impacts teacher burnout
  • The challenge we can do together to break the addiction
  • How negativity online is adding to teacher stress & burnout
  • 4 ways to curate a positive digital experience 







The Resilient Teacher Podcast is the show that will give overwhelmed educators the support, tools, and mindset to reduce teacher burnout and keep teaching sustainable. Each week, Brittany Blackwell, M.Ed. & her guests will share inspiration and actionable steps to avoid or recover from the dreaded teacher burnout. You'll be inspired to individualize self-care and learn to prioritize your well-being and mental health, all while making a bigger impact on your classrooms and community.



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