A Baylor University study found cell phone addiction to be a "realistic possibility" among students responding to an online survey. While many claimed they weren't addicted – despite a high number of hours spent on their devices – 60 percent of the 164 respondents admitted to be addicted to their cell phones.
Women spent more time on their cell phones, averaging 10 hours per day. Men averaged nearly eight hours. Baylor noted that such excessive use of cell phones presents a risk to academic performance.
"That's astounding," said Baylor researcher, James Roberts, Ph.D.
"As cell phone functions increase, addictions to this seemingly indispensable piece of technology become an increasingly realistic possibility."
The study also found that:
ABC News 13 in Asheville, North Carolina caught up with Scott Trantham as he was purchasing a new cell phone. Trantham denied being addicted to his cell phone.
"I'm not addicted [to my cell phone], but I gotta have it," Trantham said.
The WLOS affiliate reminded its readers that addiction means the need to regularly have something.
"I know it sounds crazy, but I'm really not addicted to it, but I got to have it," Trantham reiterated.
The Huffington Post noted that the 164 students weren't randomly sampled and so it remains unclear how representative the cell phone usage results are compared to the general college population.
The Inquisitr raised the question of whether too much cell phone usage could lead to cancer. While there is no clear evidence for this, the World Health Organization reported that exposure to the RF fields generated by data devices like cell phones could have adverse effects on the health of users.
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