College students face cellphone addiction

College students face cellphone addiction
With many college students living on their own for the first time, some start drinking socially, and before you know it, they are alcoholics. And college students often find themselves taking drugs, with some becoming addicts. But a report from Baylor University warns of another addiction that could soon be affecting some of today's college students: cellphone addiction.

Published in the Journal of Behavioral Addictions, Baylor's report says that female students are spending ten hours a day staring at their handsets, two hours more than male students use their phones. The researcher behind the study notes that the excessive use of smartphones is leading to a downward spiral in academics. The number one activity that college students use their phones for is texting, at an average of 94.6 minutes a day. Sending and receiving emails is next at 48.5 minutes, followed by checking Facebook (38.6 minutes), browsing on the internet (34.4 minutes) and listening to music. (26.9 minutes).

60% of students say that they are addicted to their cellphone. Some students even admit that they become agitated when they don't see their handset in sight. The use of some applications can predict cellphone addiction. For example, based on the study, the use of Instagram and Pinterest are seen with those who say that they are addicted to their phones.

According to researcher James Roberts, cellphones could be used to help students cheat, or help them escape the pressures of the classroom. Roberts says that the device is a paradox in that it is freeing and enslaving at the same time.

If you start feeling anxious whenever you can't find your phone, you might want to wean yourself from your handset before your addiction worsens, and you are jonesing for the feel of a touchscreen on your finger.

source: BaylorUniversitry via Gawker



1. SemiFinal

Posts: 117; Member since: Jul 26, 2014

Pretty sure everyone faces cellphone addiction

7. DevilsAdvocate

Posts: 47; Member since: Jun 28, 2014

Nope. . . I use it all day . . .still not addicted.

9. sukampret

Posts: 36; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

yeah, real life experience is so much more fun than virtual life

11. moroninc

Posts: 193; Member since: Jul 14, 2012

Students dont have the same responsibilities as those who work.. we dont have the time to check our phones except to make calls.

2. GalaxyS5

Posts: 430; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

Well, I am addicted too and so is everybody in college, with the never-ending Samsung vs Apple conflict being the subject of discussions.

3. twens

Posts: 1182; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

So it's happening everywhere else. It's always samsung vs apple. Who is better and who sucks. Lol

4. hellonerds

Posts: 334; Member since: Aug 27, 2013

Sometimes I like to install iphone theme on my note 3 and sucker the noobs lol.. I dual boot ios and Android lol

5. QuadFace

Posts: 179; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

I only have addiction and I am really enjoying the game.

6. murron

Posts: 162; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

Who emails that often???

8. domfonusr

Posts: 1092; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

My phone is lucky if I pull it out more than twice in a day to do anything. If I make one phone call in a day, that is out of the ordinary for me. However, now that I am back in college, I am noticing just how dependent my peers are on their devices, and how much peer-pressure there is to have either an iPhone or a Samsung device. Sometimes my classmates just assume that I get email on my phone, and they are then disappointed to find out that I didn't get their email just after class and such. When I go to the student lounge, it is like walking into a lobby filled with people doing nothing but playing with their smartphones, and I'm the only person there who doesn't have my phone in my hand... I'm also the only one there with a classic flip phone, but they can't see it because it is in it's pouch.

10. parthoman

Posts: 80; Member since: Aug 18, 2014

i never make or receive unncecessary calls , my girl tries to keep texting me without reason and iget irritated if it doesnt make sense. she says goodnight and after that starts texting again on stuffs that she is not like other girls and cares for me seriously. I do like to keep my phone around in case something urgent happens or someone wants to contact me , but without using it. i keep it where i could see or at least hear the ringer. People have become more addicted and wanna use the phone for no reason or just stare at the screen. This should stop. I also confess when i had iphone i used to check it for no reason, but blackberry taught me that devices are to be used to get the job done not enslave urself with irrelevant interactions. is the only site i have been using some day to follow tech news, i use 9gag for refreshment. facebook for family group chats sometimes. BBM channels for football updates and Naruto episode updates and manga. Most of the time i spent working at office or doodling in my desk or making presentations with flash. be productive not addicts.

12. iSometimes

Posts: 57; Member since: Feb 16, 2011

I use to have cell phone addiction, but that was in high-school. As I moved to college, I got laptop addiction. Why stare at a 4-6" screen when you can use a computer? Nowadays you can do all of the phone functions from your computer and the games are much better. Eh, I guess its just me. -iSometimes

Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit for samples and additional information.