A new study from California State University shows most college students become very anxious after 10 minutes without their smartphones.
The study involved 163 college students, categorized as light, moderate and heavy smartphone users. Half of the participants sat in silence without their phones, and the other half had their phones turned off and out of site.
Under both scenarios, heavy smartphone users showed more anxiety than light smartphone users once 10 minutes had passed. The study continued for a longer period, and the students’ anxiety levels continued to rise with each minute.
A separate study from Bank of America recently revealed that most Americans could not go an entire day without using their smartphones. Both studies indicate that we have become extremely dependent on our devices.
College students are often the most susceptible to smartphone dependency because of their activities on social networking sites. Facebook alone has over 1 billion active mobile users on a monthly basis, and many of them are under the age of 25.
As smartphones continue to grow in their functionality and versatility, anxiety levels are likely to get worse.