The said study examined how would youngsters react if they were not allowed to use a computer, nor a cellphone, or even watch TV for a single day. Participants in the research were volunteers from ten countries around the world, all of them between 17 and 23 years of age. They were only allowed to use a land-line phone or to read a book while logging their experiences in a diary.
The results were disturbing, to say the least. It turns out that 79% of the subjects reported a range of negative symptoms after being deprived from their gadgets. Some of them even experienced withdrawal symptoms similar to the ones that a smoker or a drug addict feels when they are restricted from the bad habit. Feelings of distress, confusion, and isolation also dominated a number of volunteers.
Researchers try to explain the phenomenon with the fact that teens have grown up in a media-rich world where all kinds of information is easily available online with almost no restrictions upon it. Furthermore, adolescents are used to communicating with their peers in a virtual environment instead of engaging in a real conversation.
At least there is good news after the study. It has been confirmed that every participant who did actually start a face-to-face interaction with other volunteers agreed that it was a much more satisfying experience compared to an online chat. Why don't you take your kid's cellphone away for a couple of days and share the results with us in the comments?
source: Daily Mail via Android Authority