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Study: Cellphone addiction related to compulsive buying and credit card misuse

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Study: Cellphone addiction related to compulsive buying and credit card misuse
Time for an intervention? According to a new study conducted by Baylor University and published in the Journal of Behavioral Addictions, cellphone and text messaging addictions are based on the same consumption pathologies like compulsive buying and credit card misuse. Part of a pattern of conspicuous consumption, cellphone addiction relates back to materialism and impulsiveness.  The study's co-author, James Roberts, Ph.D, pointed out that young adults send an average of 3200 texts a month. That breaks down into an average of 109.5 texts sent daily, and 113 received. He adds that such cellphone owners check their phone 60 times per day. Instead of writing it off as a "passing fad," Roberts says that  "an emerging body of literature has given increasing credence to cell phone addiction and similar behavioral addictions."

According to Dr. Roberts (Beatle fans, take note), 90% of college students own a cellphone (67% of those 18-24 own a smartphone) and the ever increasing functionality of them leads to their over use. The author of the study goes on to say that a majority of young people claim that losing their cellphone would be a disaster to their social life. 60% of the 191 college undergraduates (all business students) surveyed for the paper, felt that they were addicted to their cellphone.

James Roberts, Ph.D, co author of the study

James Roberts, Ph.D, co author of the study

How do you feel when you are without your handset because it is broken or because you just plain forgot to take it with you? Is there an empty hollow feeling inside? Do you get withdrawal-like symptoms that continue until you have your phone back in your hand? It all relates to dopamine and serotonin levels that rise when we get pleasure from our phone. That leads to the desire to use the device again and again.

The way we see it, if you're not ignoring others to check Instagram, or driving while texting, or replacing human connection with a silicon one, there is nothing wrong with having your cellphone by your side at all times. And there is one addiction we would never want to see you end. That is the one that keeps you coming back to PhoneArena.

source: JournalofBehavioralAddictions, BaylorUniversity via Textually.org

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posted on 30 Nov 2012, 03:49 4

1. wendygarett (unregistered)


I felt addicted to my cellphone is because of the phonearena.com.
And it's true :(

posted on 30 Nov 2012, 04:03

2. mydi.maus (unregistered)


what r u addicted to?

posted on 30 Nov 2012, 09:28 2

5. Reluctant_Human (Posts: 846; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


Porn and cheetos like any other god loving american.

posted on 30 Nov 2012, 16:41

7. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6135; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


porn, porn, porn, porn, porn,

posted on 30 Nov 2012, 09:19

3. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 2992; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Well, i don't fiddle with it much...but i check THIS site "frequently"and download stuffs i need!!

posted on 30 Nov 2012, 09:27

4. Nikolas.Oliver (banned) (Posts: 1574; Member since: 01 Jul 2012)


"there is nothing wrong with having your cellphone by your side at all times. And there is one addiction we would never want to see you end. That is the one that keeps you coming back to PhoneArena."

this.....is so true, i always open 4 different phone news website everyday, phonearena technobuffalo phonedog androidcentral, but the main one is always phonearena

when i don't have my phone with me i feel very concern about my phone, im scared that someone will somehow steal (?) it at my house

posted on 30 Nov 2012, 16:29

6. MC1123 (Posts: 1229; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


i never send 3200 text messages in a month! moreover, i could only send like 10 messages a month! :P

posted on 01 Dec 2012, 12:12

8. wizzardtech (Posts: 59; Member since: 12 Mar 2012)


I do visit Phonearena frequently because of information on whats new, what happening, events and so on. For me, its being up to date on whats going around you. I send more than
3200 txt messages per month because of my business but im not addicted to my phone. Its just a tool for keeping in touch and help me finishing my stuff quicker. Im messaging my friends and loves ones twice or once a week and thats just it. If you let your phone control you then its your problem, again its a matter of descipline.

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