Cell phone use linked to lower grades, anxiety
Smartphones are a double-edged sword. While the devices can be extremely useful for various tasks and staying connected to people, they may also increase users’ anxieties and unhappiness and harm academic performance, according to a new study.
Researchers from the College of Education, Health and Human Services at Kent State University in Ohio, recently surveyed more than 500 college students about their cell phone usage. These results were compared to the participants’ academic grades and clinical test results on happiness and anxiety.
The results, published in Computers in Human Behavior, suggested that higher cell phone usage was linked to poor grades, high anxiety, and less happiness.
A majority of the students were undergraduates across all classes (from freshman to seniors) and the questionnaires performed were the Beck's Anxiety Inventory and the Satisfaction with Life (SWL) index.
However, this study was not a cause and effect analysis. The exact relationship and reasoning behind high cell phone usages and low grades is still uncertain, the researchers noted, and said these findings simply add to the debate on the health impact of cell phones.