Addiction to Phones Could Hurt Relationships
Researchers from a university in Waco, Texas, said that mobile phones are integral part of our consumer culture but youngsters’ addiction to communication devices is eroding their personal relationships.
Dr James Roberts, of the Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business, said that young adults are compulsively using their mobile phones, sending over 100 texts and checking their phones up to 60 times a day. Majority of students claims that losing their phones would be disastrous to their social lives.
Roberts, who co-authored the study with Stephen Pirog III, associate professor of marketing at Seton Hall University, said that phone addiction is akin to compulsive spending or credit card misuse, which are driven by materialism and impulsiveness.
According to Roberts, young adults — who spend seven hours a day with their phones — should recognize when the behavior is spilling over into a problem. Mobile devices are accessible 24/7 and their functions are increasing, making their overuse more likely.
The study for the Journal of Behavioural Addictions says that phone addiction, like drugs and gambling, can ruin personal relationships.
The survey used data from 191 business students and two universities.