STUDY: Cell phones ‘eroding personal relationships’

  • Mobile phones are eroding our personal relationships, according to a new study
  • Scientists have compared constantly texting and checking phones to addictions like compulsive spending

Young people’s attachment to their mobile phones is eroding their personal relationships, according to a new study.

The claims come after research revealed that young adults – in addition to sending over 100 texts – check their mobile up to 60 times a day.

Experts behind a new study have now said compulsively checking a mobile phone is an addiction similar to compulsive spending or credit card misuse.

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They said their research showed mobile and instant messaging addictions are driven by materialism and impulsiveness – which also plays a role in behavioural and substance addictions.

Dr James Roberts, of the Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business, said it was important for students – who spend up to seven hours a day interacting with communication technology – to recognise when their behaviour is becoming a problem.


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