Health Alert 12-6: Cell Phone Addiction?

By: Angela Howard
By: Angela Howard

A pair of researchers at Seton Hall University who headed a recent study say that a person's obsession with his or her cell phone CAN be an addiction.

They say factors such as materialism and impulsiveness might play a big role in tipping cellphone use into an addiction, which can be particularly true when they're uses excessively in public.

The researchers say that's when we're signaling that we've got a shiny object, a status symbol. The authors pointed out that cellphone use among U.S. college students now hovers over ninety percent. Studies show young adults check their phones an average of sixty times per day and send out an average of 3,200 text messages per month.

The researchers looked at responses to a survey of almost two hundred college students, though not everyone agrees with the findings.

A professor at George Mason University says they do make a good case in the introduction that people can be addicted to behaviors but that the study doesn't make a very good case when it comes to cellphone use.

The study was published online in the Journal of Behavioral Addictions.

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