College students report addiction to media

April 22, 2010

New research from the University of Maryland observes that American college students are addicted to media, describing their feelings when they have to abstain from using media in the same terms associated with alcohol and drug addictions. The study concludes that most college students are not just unwilling, but functionally unable to go without their media links to the world. Researchers asked 200 students to give up all media for 24 hours and to blog about their successes or failures. Participants wrote in length about how they hated losing their personal connections, that their lack of access to media such as text messaging and Facebook meant that they couldn't connect with friends far and nearby. UM Newsdesk | Study website