Cell Phone Use by College Students has been linked to Lower Grades, Anxiety

By  , Medical News Today
Dec 10, 2013

According to a study published in the journal Computers in Human Behavior, frequent use of cell phones is tied to poor academic performance, unhappiness and anxiety. Researchers from the College of Education, Health and Human Services at Kent State University in Ohio surveyed over 500 college students about their cell phone use and then compared their responses with the grades of other college students along with the results of clinical tests that were undertaken for life satisfaction or happiness and anxiety.

Cell phone usage linked to lower gradesResearchers said that even though a Smartphone helps college students to stay in touch with their family members and browse the internet whenever they want; there is still some merit in considering the potential harms that the machine can pose over a long-term.

Majority of the students who participated in the study were undergraduates and were equally distributed by glass. Also, there were 82 self-reported majors. The participants’ cell phone use as reported by them was compared against their college grades. The analysis showed that use of cell phone was linked negatively to GPA. The higher the use of cell phone, the lower or poorer the grades were recorded to be.


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