The Emotional Impact of Cell Phones on Teens

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People have cell phones everywhere, especially teenagers. Teenagers are glued to their cell phones; they need cell phones almost everywhere they go. Today teens are depending on their phones for everything. The number of cell phones users has increased and as of 2010, there were more than 303 million subscribers in the U.S., according to the cellular companies (Hanna). As a result of teenagers over using cell phones, teens are being impacted emotionally, socially, and physically. One way that teens are being impacted by over using their cell phones is emotionally. A study by Adriana Bianchi, and James G. Phillips showed the more teens use their phones the more likely they are to be anxious, depressed, and have a low self-esteem (“Center on Media and Child Health”). In a study conducted by Thomee, researchers found that cell phones use caused mental health problems for young adults. Both males and females were affected emotionally. For the men in the study, heavy cell phone use caused sleep problems and for the women, it caused depression. Teens are using phones more often than in the past which is leading to more emotional problems. Jacob Barkley, associate professor at Kent State University, found that students spent almost 5 hours a day using their cell phones and sent about 77 text messages. He also found that the more students used their cell phones the more anxious they became because they felt pressured to stay constantly connected to social networks (“Avid Cell Phone Users Suffer Anxiety: Study”). As teenagers use their phones more often, may cause more anxiety and other emotional problems. Another way teens are being impacted by using cell phones is socially. Today’s cell phones are allowing teens to access ... ... middle of paper ... ...rules for their family. Works Cited Chillers, MJ. Parker, MB " The Social impact of mobile phones on teenagers" Faculty of informatics and design cape peninsula University of Technology, Web. February 24th, 2014. Cape Town, South Africa. Geser, Hans “ Preteen Cell Phone Adoption: Consequences for later Patterns of Phone Usage and Involvement”. Web.February 24th, 2014 Hanna, Jeff. “Wand L psychology project examines Cell-Phone usage and adolescent Health” Web.February 24th, 2014 Hargens-Bradley, Tamara “ Help your teenager be ‘smart’ about cell phone use at night” Web. February 25th, 2014 National Cancer Institute “ Cell phones and cancer risk’” Web. February 25th, 2014 Ravidchardaran, S.V. "Mobile Phones and teenagers". 2009, New Zealand.Web. February 25th, 2014 “The Downside of Cellphones”. Center on media and child health .
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