Cell phones in all their various forms have become virtually synonymous with everyday life, allowing us to have almost constant communicative access to friends, family, and the rest of the world. It is rare to see anyone walking down the street who is not engaged in a cell phone conversation or texting on their cell phone as they walk. But despite their many advantages – and there are many – there may be some disturbing drawbacks to this device that so consumes our lives.
In a recent study by Kent State University researchers appearing in the journal Computers and Human Behavior, the daily cell phone use of more than 500 university students was recorded and matched with their cumulative grade point average (GPA). The students were undergraduates equally distributed by class (freshmen, sophomores, etc.) and representing 82 different self-reported majors.
The study found that a lower GPA was directly related to the frequency of cell phone use. At the same time, a higher anxiety level and lower satisfaction with life was also found among more frequent cell phone users.
The study in its entirety can be accessed HERE.