Why I Don’t Use A Smart Phone | Ann Makosinski | TEDxTeen

Why I Don’t Use A Smart Phone | Ann Makosinski | TEDxTeen

Imagine all the things you can do…off of your phone. Parents be warned.

TEDxTeen opening music by BlackDoe

Ann Makosinski is an 18 year-old student, innovator and entrepreneur. Her first toy was a box of transistors. From there, her interest in science and creating arose. One of her friends in the Philippines got a failing grade because she didn’t have any electricity or light to study with at night. As a potential solution, Ann invented a flashlight that ran off the heat of the human hand – the Hollow Flashlight. The invention won her age category at the 2013 Google Science Fair, as well as numerous awards at the Intel Science and Engineering Fair. She appeared on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and was named one of TIMES 30 Under 30. Ann hopes to manufacture her flashlight, bringing the invention to developing countries and including them in emergency kits. Ann also invented the eDrink – a coffee mug that harvests the excess heat of your hot drink and converts it into electricity to charge a phone. Ann debuted the eDrink this October on her second appearance on the Tonight Show.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx


  1. Winnie Depooh on June 28, 2022 at 10:50 pm

    how to use a android phone safe? is there nothing for? to toutch the phone safe?

  2. Soldier X on June 28, 2022 at 10:51 pm

    Watching this on my phone rn

  3. Queen Sneeze on June 28, 2022 at 10:51 pm

    Who’s watching in 2022?

  4. Vertical on June 28, 2022 at 10:52 pm

    You are chinese, dont call yourself canadian

  5. Mystic Seer on June 28, 2022 at 10:53 pm

    Dig those high heels 👠

  6. Umesh Prasad Singh on June 28, 2022 at 10:56 pm

    Wonderful keep away from smart phone.

  7. Vrushabh Gudade on June 28, 2022 at 10:56 pm

    It’s 2022, where are you woman?

  8. AthleteMindset on June 28, 2022 at 10:57 pm

    She probably use it now since technology has developed so much. It can be also use to be more productive, organized and manage time.

  9. Maurizio Silvestri on June 28, 2022 at 10:57 pm

    Smartphones are just tools, such as screwdrivers or hammers. They can be helpful or dangerous. So they are neutral. The real problem is: how do you use or abuse them? Are you always connected to social media? Are you constantly distracted by your smartphone? Or maybe you only use your smartphone when it’s supposed to be used? I almost never use my smartphone, but I’m improving my english language skills a lot, just watching TED talks on my smartphone. The key is not always in the sentence "less is more". Give a child a piano and maybe he will become a great pianist. Give a child a computer and maybe he will become a great software developer. Give a child nothing and, who knows? Just talk to your children. Play with them. Teach them to be more creative.

  10. Dominick Sansotta on June 28, 2022 at 10:58 pm

    Life before smart phones and technology was sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo nnuch better

  11. Maria Szymanis on June 28, 2022 at 10:59 pm

    Ur cool Ur creative inventor.

  12. English in తెలుగు 🖋️ on June 28, 2022 at 11:00 pm

    She has learnt more than all my 31 years in just 18

  13. xRivckx on June 28, 2022 at 11:00 pm

    Is hard for me since I have social anxiety and especially being human interaction but that’s why I be using the most of my phone but I berly try to manage myself but is hard at the same time especially during life if I a had job it wouldn’t difficulty for me

  14. ADHDsyko-INC on June 28, 2022 at 11:02 pm

    Staring at my personality. An upbringing of construction/ introverted but domesticated activities and piano and similarly to my upbringing. So to raise a child with innocence and outgoing creativity and sincerity and dedication to fix world problems.

  15. Gabriella Fabiyi on June 28, 2022 at 11:02 pm

    Thank you! I am 12 years old without a phone in 2022 and now I feel better with the idea of not having a phone in middle school. Even though I was told that I am not getting a phone till I am 16, I still feel better than I was before..

  16. Dave Hibbs on June 28, 2022 at 11:02 pm

    Did you make your own computer in order to download this video on YouTube???

  17. Astronomia on June 28, 2022 at 11:03 pm

    People just dont know how to use their smartphones….

  18. Alex Catalin on June 28, 2022 at 11:03 pm

    Wonderful. Congrats Ann Makosinski

  19. Jim Werther on June 28, 2022 at 11:04 pm

    Jeez, those heels look uncomfortable.

  20. Legal_Action on June 28, 2022 at 11:06 pm

    I would if I only could.

  21. A k A Official on June 28, 2022 at 11:07 pm

    Some people can live without a smart phone in this world but some lovers can’t live without a smart phone 🥰🥰

  22. Maria Szymanis on June 28, 2022 at 11:08 pm

    Invent better tooth brush

  23. 4thM on June 28, 2022 at 11:12 pm

    So if it wasn’t because of my phone I couldn’t watched this and know I should stop using my phone as often as I do it

  24. NPC -30 on June 28, 2022 at 11:14 pm

    And fastforward to 2022. She’s on socialmedia too… Unfortunately nobody is completely safe from this.

  25. kevin layne on June 28, 2022 at 11:16 pm

    Look who’s the cool kid now!❤️

  26. Zhaklin Vasileva on June 28, 2022 at 11:17 pm

    I used to be very creative kid.I always created things because my parents were poor and i didnt want them to spend money buying me stuff.

  27. Judgement Ravi on June 28, 2022 at 11:18 pm

    Yes it was in 1999 One of great launched but less beauty Of Samsung which I used after bought Sarat kumar yes very fewer used in Chennai 👌

  28. Soto Giot on June 28, 2022 at 11:19 pm

    No one should use it at least not the way that they’re making us to use it now in days

  29. L C on June 28, 2022 at 11:21 pm

    Now she uses Instagram daily

  30. SemiRecumbentOne on June 28, 2022 at 11:22 pm

    Excellent Ann – be proud, to not belong to the modern folk disease, the phone zombie generation living in another world, it’s both scary and dangerous, youth today are mentally ill as many even get killed by phone and "social" media addiction. We need to be anchored in real life instead. I have the same style as you, just a Samsung XCover brick phone, but seldom take it out, I keep it home like a landline. Sad people were FORCED to leave the landline which had only benefits – no harmful radiation, no lags, interruptions, untrustful connection, bad sound, and, let me repeat: NO brain cancer risk radiation. Let’s remember to have SPEAKER ON and keep phone away from our heads 😉

  31. Wheelie Blind on June 28, 2022 at 11:22 pm

    Does anyone make a sandboxed flip phone that is new… ish?

  32. Jack on June 28, 2022 at 11:23 pm

    Am 19. The amount of people addicted to tiktok is scary. Very inspiring and very pretty.

  33. Konyak Naga on June 28, 2022 at 11:26 pm

    You are talented girl

  34. rabiatul on June 28, 2022 at 11:27 pm

    but it’s difficult for us to be without smartphone nowadays as we are mostly using it for classes, assignments and even for a business deal. I am always wanting to try to live a life without smartphone but the situation doesn’t allow me to do so. btw, she’s a true inspiration & her parents are so cool

  35. Maria Szymanis on June 28, 2022 at 11:27 pm

    Youth addicted to phone

  36. Joel Sedigo on June 28, 2022 at 11:28 pm

    I think she wanted that we will make use of our time for inventing or creating rather than keep on our phones and get addicted on it because it’s a waste of time especially when it’s lately a fake news.

  37. Frosty on June 28, 2022 at 11:35 pm

    Very interesting how this person can make these things if i was told to make something from scratch I would not be able to do it

  38. Stanislav Medvec on June 28, 2022 at 11:35 pm

    Wow, cool, I would do it too, step by step, less using smartphone…

  39. Based on June 28, 2022 at 11:36 pm

    Ok let’s be real fellas. We all clicked cus she looks cute.

  40. Md. Kamruzzaman Shihab on June 28, 2022 at 11:36 pm

    Thank you

  41. Wid Eye on June 28, 2022 at 11:37 pm

    Smart phones are literally turning people into zombies. There’s nothing sadder than seeing a couple in a restaurant or a pub having a drink and all they do is look at their phones. They don’t want to, or have forgotten how to have a conversation. They have nothing to say to each other. It’s so sad and depressing. Obviously kids and teenagers are addicted to their smartphones and couldn’t possibly function without them. Their phone is more important to them than oxygen. I go to the gym and I see women in there making videos. Not actually doing any training, just pouting at the camera and reminding their followers to make sure they hit the like button. I am old enough to remember a time when the only phone most people had access to was a payphone – if you could find one that hadn’t been vandalised. If you knew someone in your street with a landline they were like royalty. Some people could not possibly live without a smartphone but I can and do. In fact, I don’t need a phone at all.

  42. DomozoveoGZ on June 28, 2022 at 11:37 pm

    Kids: iPhone
    Men: Android
    Legends: Flip Phone

  43. robert cook jr on June 28, 2022 at 11:39 pm

    Brilliant young lady

  44. mahadi safi on June 28, 2022 at 11:39 pm

    is there anyone who can give me a phone and laptop for my education?
    sorry for asking like this way but I’m broke and helpless.

  45. Jean Zaire Lui on June 28, 2022 at 11:40 pm

    wow 18??

  46. ZOB 2 on June 28, 2022 at 11:42 pm

    Im gonna go back to nokia 3310

  47. Gail Gauley on June 28, 2022 at 11:46 pm

    I was distracted 11 minutes and 57 seconds watching this presentation on my smart phone and feel it was time well invested. I enjoyed and appreciate her life story. I confess I have an addiction to listening and learning. Thank you for fulfilling my need.

  48. Bruno Azevedo on June 28, 2022 at 11:48 pm

    Her parents was was very intelligent, as everyone can see, they create a genius girl!
    The world thanks for that. Keep doing that Ann

  49. ebrar on June 28, 2022 at 11:49 pm

    I was not familiar with social media until I was 15, when I can say that I was much more creative and eager to explore. The later you meet, the better.

  50. Neagos Mihai Cosmin on June 28, 2022 at 11:49 pm

    you do! I see you on Instagram 😀

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