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KSU Study: More Phone Use, Less Happiness

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KENT, Ohio — If you’ve ever ignored a text or a phone call, don’t think of it as being rude, think of it as controlling your stress level.

A Kent State University study found that people who are constantly connected to their cell phone are less happy than those who can detach.

Intense cell phone use is also linked to heightened anxiety and a feeling of obligation to keep in touch.

KSU researchers surveyed more than 500 students and recorded their daily cell phone use, then measured anxiety and satisfaction levels.

“High frequency cell phone users tended to have lower GPA, higher anxiety, and lower satisfaction with life (happiness) relative to their peers who used the cell phone less often,” the university wrote on its website.

The study was published in the journal Computers in Human Behavior.

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1 Comment

  • Mary Lee

    We had a birthday party for my 12 yr old granddaughter. The room got too quiet so, of course, we checked. They were all sitting with their phones texting one another!!! Instead of talking!!!

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