Phoneaholic Teenager

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A teenager who treats her (and it is almost Always Female) landline phone or cell phone as if it were the most important thing in the world and is on it constantly. This almost always leads to an insanely high bill. If she uses a cell phone, she may feel more comfortable texting than actually interacting with other people. When she has to baby-sit kids, she might not care about them.

This trope is older than cell phones; it goes back to the proliferation of the home telephone. In the days before cell phones, this often involved a gag about there being only one phone in the house (or two phones on the same line where each extension could listen in on the other). This made it impossible for the poor parents to call while the Bratty Teenage Daughter tied things up.

Classic trait for the Alpha Bitch, Valley Girl, Bratty Teenage Daughter, and other teenage stereotypes.


Examples:

Anime and Manga

Comics

Film
  • Occurs often in Clueless - but only the girls.
  • In Don Jon, the hero's sister, Monica, spends the whole movie silently browsing/texting on her phone, until she finally speaks near the end.
  • A rare male example: Oliver "O-Man" Chamberlain in The World's End. As an adult, he hasn't outgrown this behavior.

Literature
  • Newspaper columnist D. L. Stewart recounts, via his book Fathers Are People Too, how his teenage daughter was this. It got even worse after he got her a phone of her own when she was fifteen. According to the book, her phone started ringing twenty seconds after it was installed, she ran up to answer it, and wasn't seen again for three months.

Live-Action TV
  • Zoey from Blackish is the stereotypical teenage daughter who isn't very affectionate towards her family. She's typically seen texting or talking on her cellphone. She is a popular kid at school but doesn't seem to be an Alpha Bitch or Bratty Teenage Daughter.
  • In an episode of The Brady Bunch, Mr. Brady gets fed up with his kids hogging the phone and running up a huge bill, so he has a payphone installed for them to use.
  • Made fun of on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Buffy isn't responding to the Scoobies trying to call her. Giles suggests she might just have her phone unplugged, but Xander responds "It's a statistical impossibility for a teenage girl to unhook her phone."
  • Jeff Winger from Community is rarely seen without his cellphone, texting or using Twitter.
  • Teddy Duncan from Good Luck Charlie. One episode even had her trying to get a job to pay the phone bill when Bob took her phone away for being $90 over the limit.
  • In The Haunting Hour episode "A Creature Was Stirring", Becky's father has to take her cell phone away mid-conversation to get her to stop talking.
  • Stella in Jonas. Her attempt to give up texting results in Sanity Slippage (including ending her sentences with "send").
  • In the pilot for No Ordinary Family, Daphne has a notable texting addiction...even when their plane is crashing. (She gets better afterward.)
    Stephanie: Who are you texting now?
    Daphne: God!
  • Dalia from Suburgatory is rarely seen without her cell phone, usually slumped over it as she texts.
  • There have been teens addicted to cell phones on episodes of MTV's True Life. in particular is the episode "I's Addicted to Texting", and one of the subjects followed was a woman who was married and had a baby.

Theatre

Web Animation

Western Animation
  • In Adventure Time, Valley Girl Lumpy Space Princess is constantly gossiping through her mobile phone even though she's homeless and living in a forest, on canned beans.
  • Played with in Animaniacs when Katie Ka-Boom hides in a closet carrying three conversations on a phone with a long, tangled cord for her mother to trace.
  • Tambry from Gravity Falls is rarely seen not looking at her phone. According to Wendy in one episode, the fact that she was looking up from her phone for extended periods was evidence she was having the best time of her life.
  • Candace Flynn from Phineas and Ferb is often shown on the phone with best friend Stacy. She seems to carry her cellphone everywhere as well.
  • Rugrats:
    • Alisa, Susie Carmichael's older sister, is rarely seen without her cell phone.
    • In the episode, "Peition this" from the spin-off series, All Grown Up!, almost every student is one of these at school. Fed up with this, Kimi decides to start a petition drive to ban the use of cell phones in school. Angelica, however, isn't going to stand for this, and is determined to stop Kimi by fair means or foul.
  • In the episode of The Simpsons where a fortuneteller tells Lisa about her future wedding, teenage Maggie is shown to have her own home phone and always be on it. The joke is, we never hear her voice during the whole episode because Maggie is The Voiceless.
  • Teen Titans Go!. When Starfire is given the power to "talk like an earth teen" she is practically attached to her new smartphone. When she loses this power, she tosses the device away.
  • Tiny Toon Adventures:
    • The short, "I Was a Teenage Bunny-Sitter" (Part of "The Acme Home Shopping Show") opens with Babs chatting on the phone with her friend Harriet, but then she has to leave to babysit and says she'll call back. After meeting the parents there, she makes a sandwich and calls Harriet back, only to hang up when she has to make mashed potatoes for Duncan (the kid she's baby-sitting). At the end of the cartoon, Babs is sleeping on the couch while Duncan is the one chatting on the phone.
    • In "Take Elmyra Please", Amanda Duff, Elmyra's older sister, is seen talking on the phone with her friend, Stephanie. She has to call her back later when her Mother needs her help calming her baby brother back to sleep when he awakens from his crib and causes a mini-rampage through the living room. During her conversation, she tells Stephanie she's lucky to live in with a family whose parents are always gone and without brothers, sisters, or pets.
  • In the Tom and Jerry shorts "Busy Buddies" and "Tot Watchers", the baby sitter left in charge at Tom's house goes straight to the phone right after the husband and wife leave, only leaving the phone to punish Tom for bothering the baby (when in fact he was returning the baby after it wandered off).