Girl Meets World Covers Teen Addictions to Smart Phones

Like its predecessor Boy Meets World, the new Disney Channel show Girl Meets World intends to cover real-life issues, problems and situations that the younger generation faces. Boy Meets World covered many real issues, including topics such as racism, sexism, teenage drinking, teenage pregnancy, depression, and even cults. The creative team behind Girl Meets World—many of whom worked on boy Meets World as well—has released interviews and other statements indicating that they intend to continue the theme of covering real world issues with the new program.

The show is only two episodes in so far, but with the second episode we have our first glimpse of a real “modern problem” for the younger generation: smart phones. The second episode tackled the problem of young people being addicted to their smart phones, and viewing the world through their smart phones. The issues of having trouble communicating without texting, using Twitter or emailing came up; as did the idea of enjoying the company of people and the world around you without constantly feeling the need to tweet about it, text about it, or take pictures to share online.

Corey decides to confront this problem with a class assignment. He has all of his students turn in their phones and requires them to complete a project together without using modern technology; instead, the students must go to the public library and complete their work the old fashioned way.

In one scene, Farkle—the quirky Minkus substitute for the new series—and his class partner are discussing the topic they should cover for their project. Farkle mentions that, without his phone, he’s not even sure what’s going on outside; he could ordinarily just tap a few times and find out the weather or even what the moon and stars look like. In response, Riley—who has never had a smart phone, unlike all her friends—brings out a piece of paper and shows it to Farkle. The paper is a drawing she did of the moon and stars, and is a good way to bring together the theme of people disconnecting from reality via their phones. While Farkle wanted to google what the moon looked like, Riley had been outside and sketched the night sky while looking at it herself.

In the end, the characters learn that there is no substitute for real life.


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