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Research confirms that most youngsters can't detach from their cellphones

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Research confirms that most youngsters can't detach from their cellphones
Yes, we admit it. Sometimes we find it hard to put our smartphones down and stop texting or to quit browsing the web for lolcats on our tablets. Well, it turns out that we are not alone. According to a recent study, a great percentage of adolescents worldwide may feel isolated or confused when separated from their electronic gadgets even for a relatively short period of time.

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

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posted on 11 Apr 2011, 09:35

1. daniel_bargs (Posts: 325; Member since: 27 Nov 2010)

so true, i cant wake up and go out without my phone. if only there was unlimited battery haha

posted on 11 Apr 2011, 12:30

2. TheFunnyMan (Posts: 77; Member since: 26 Jan 2011)

I hope this doesnt surprise anyone. Everything we do is done via the internet, which makes a smartphone damn near mandatory to own. It has its advantages, but it certainly has its disadvantages. Like the inablitiy to have an intellegent conversation, or to even have a full conversation. We are too trained to go without them

posted on 11 Apr 2011, 12:37

3. Fanboys Suck (Posts: 609; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)

Honestly... We needed Research to confirm this? I wonder if our tax dollars are hard at work for this research...

posted on 11 Apr 2011, 12:54

4. TheFunnyMan (Posts: 77; Member since: 26 Jan 2011)

They probably are. Just like our tax dollars are going towards providing kindergardners with brand new Ipad 2's

posted on 11 Apr 2011, 15:03

5. shwut (unregistered)

I'm 15 years old, and I don't really watch TV, and I can live without my cell phone for about maybe 2-3 weeks, but if you take my computer away... I can't live without that :P

posted on 11 Apr 2011, 19:15 2

6. Fanboys Suck (Posts: 609; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)

but if your take my porn...uh, I mean computer away... I can't live without that....

Is that what you are tryin' to tell us? :P

posted on 28 May 2011, 17:44

7. Diana (unregistered)

Exactly why I got my kids prepaid TracFones. They have limited minutes so they learn how to budget their usage and they have better make sure that they pick up all of mom's (me) calls. After all, Im' the one paying the bill! I do reward them with additional air time cards for good behavior or if they do well in school. So far, it's been working out very well for us and my kids are not addicted to their phones!

posted on 29 Jun 2011, 15:37

8. Sasha (unregistered)

Well duh....youngsters have troubles detaching from electronics!!! You see this all over the place. @Diana....I'm thinking of getting my 10 yr. old a TracFone. What's the reception like on the phone? But my reservation is I hear Customter Service is pretty horrific - have you had to deal with them?

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