Study warns of effects of excessive cell phone use among students

December 17, 2014

The increasing use of cellphones could be affecting the well-being of young people, say some experts. A new study from Baylor University, published in the Journal of Behavioral Addictions, found that women students spend on average 10 hours a day on their cell phones, and men 8 hours a day. Most of that time is spent texting, followed by sending email, checking Facebook, and browsing the Internet. The survey also raises questions about whether or not cellphone use can be classified as an addictive behavior, as well as about the impact of such extensive use on students. “We have young people whose brains are literally being rewired according to digital technology. They are losing skills that have been anthropologically significant and developing others that may or may not be significant,” said Neal Berger, an addictions consultant. Sybil Harrison, Director of Learning Services at Camosun College’s Lansdowne campus in Victoria, said that there is “a whole spectrum of tolerance and acceptance of cellphones” on PSE campuses, but noted that “increasingly it’s hard to say ‘Leave the cellphones at the door, don’t use that.’” Times-Colonist