After a school day of dodging gossip and stressing about tests and her reflection in the bathroom mirror, she enters an afternoon and evening of merry-go-round extracurriculars and an eat-when-you-can dinner. With the little energy she has left, she crawls into bed and hoovers her phone within a few inches of her face, the light from her tiny screen illuminating her bedroom and pulling her into a hypnotic social media-induced trance. Within seconds, she falls into the social media dark hole, which results in an even later ‘lights out’ and an even more tired tomorrow.
The following morning she struggles to stay awake in first-period History and by the time lunch break arrives, she’s grabbed so many sugary snacks and caffeine-rich beverages to stay awake that she doesn’t eat the protein and veggie-packed lunch her mom slid into her bookbag. Instead of eating that, she uses her lunch period to start on homework because once school ends, she won’t have time for academics until about 11:30 pm due to after school commitments.
Teens & Adults Suffer
Although the use of ‘school day’ lends itself to assuming this passage is about a teenager,