A new study from Baylor University found that college students spend an inordinate amount of time on their cell phones and could be at risk for cell phone addiction.
The study found that male college students spend a daily average of eight hours a day on their phones and female college students spend an average of 10 hours a day on their phones. James Roberts, a research in Baylor’s School of Business called the results “astounding.”
The study continued to report that approximately 60 percent of those students surveyed believe they have a cell phone addiction that forces them to constantly check and use their cell phones throughout their daily activities. Some even reported feeling “agitated” when they couldn’t find their cell phone or didn’t have one on them.
So what exactly are these students doing with their cell phones that make them so addicting? The answer may surprise you. Gaming was not to blame for the sudden increase in cell phone usage. Students used their phones mostly for texting at a staggering average rate of 94.6 minutes per days. Students also spent a great deal of time sending and reading emails, checking their Facebook pages, surfing the web and listening to music on their cell phones. The study also noted that apps like Instagram and Pinterest got the most usage in the survey group.
Can we really blame the students for spending so much time on their phones? If older generations had access to tiny, portable boxes that could magically communicate with the entire world, then they might have an addiction problem as well.