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Grades 9–12
Narrative, Poetry

Stupid Blue Screen

Vanessa Ramon-Ibarra, 826 DC
Living in the digital world can create unwanted attachments, as one student laments.

I’ve become so attached to my phone
that the sun no longer provides light.
I’ve become so attached to my phone
that I don’t know how to talk to my best friend
face to face.
It’s hard to socialize in person
but behind a screen I am powerful.
I have a voice that is bright red
that can scream at these
stupid blue screens.

I’ve become so attached
that it is starting to feel like I’ve become addicted.
I’m always on social media.
Constantly texting, liking, commenting.

There are days I cry, stressing about
how many followers I have
and how many likes I receive.
It’s like a job, keeping the data of
every single notification sent to me.
I’m lost behind this stupid blue screen.

I’m done with these stupid blue screens.
They don’t let me think.

From This Resource

by Rebecca Darugar, Liz Levine, and Brancey Mora, 826NYC and 826 National

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Lessons
True Connections: Personal Experiences with Social Media

by Rebecca Darugar, Liz Levine, and Brancey Mora, 826NYC and 826 National

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Invite students to write about their personal experiences with social media and online platforms with this lesson from 826NYC.

From This Publication

PRESENTED BY 826 NATIONAL AND COMMON SENSE MEDIA True Connections features young writers from around the country exploring their relationship with the internet, with social media, and with the digital world in general. From essays about internet addiction to explorations of digital disconnections, True Connections gives young writers the chance to ask big questions about what it means to strike a balance between real life and online life, and to remain true to oneself in both.

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