September 3, 2014

Cell phone addiction is real, study finds

It can be hard to ignore the pings and beeps coming from your smartphone, no matter how interesting the peopl you are with are. Now, researchers at Baylor University in Texas are confirming what many people already suspected – that cell phones can indeed be addictive.

The study, which was published in the Journal of Behavioral Addictions, found that 60 percent of college students feel that they may be addicted to their phones. On average, women spent 10 hours on their phones each day, while men spent eight.

“That’s astounding,” said researcher James Roberts, Ph.D. “As cellphone functions increase, addictions to this seemingly indispensable piece of technology become an increasingly realistic possibility.”

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