Cell phone use linked to lower PSE grades, more anxiety

December 11, 2013

Frequent cell phone use by college students is tied to poor academic performance, anxiety and unhappiness, according to a study out of the College of Education, Health and Human Services at Kent State University in Ohio. The researchers surveyed more than 500 students about their cell phone use, comparing their responses with their grades and results of clinical tests they took for anxiety and life satisfaction/happiness. The study also linked higher GPAs with increased happiness, unsurprisingly, while more anxiety was linked to less happiness. The researchers note that the study “was not designed to determine cause and effect, so no matter how good the statistics, they cannot show for certain that it is cell phone use that leads to anxiety, poorer grades and reduced happiness.” Medical News Today