Cell Phone Addiction

The Basics:
My Goal:
Quick Research Facts:
  • cell phone addiction is defined as the fear of not having access to a cell phone (also known as NoMoPhobia)
  • up to 50% of teenagers suffer from cell phone addiction
  • addicted teens also have higher rates of depression, insomnia, anxiety, and impulsivity
  • addiction results in:
    • lower attention spans
    • interference with circadian rhythm (a result of blue light production by phone screens)
    • increased texting and driving
    • increased rate of pedestrian accidents (10x increase between 2005 and 2010)
  • cell phones are designed to be addictive by creating a virtual escape

A Look Into Phone Usage in Your Life:

What do you spend the most time doing on your phone?

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  1. April 28, 2018 by Anna Cumming

    Hey! I really appreciated learning and reading more about cell phone addition. Where I am from (Vancouver, Canada), it’s obvious that a lot of kids have difficulty being separated from their phones. I didn’t get one until I was 13 when my parents felt I really needed one to stay in touch with them. However, my younger cousins have lived with iPad’s for their entire lives and whenever they’re bored that seems to be what they turn to. It’s scary to think that some 4-5-year-olds at my school already have phones because I can’t even imagine what they’re needed for. Now that a lot of people are on social media, I think some people feel pressure to constantly stay connected to avoid falling out of touch, and that’s why kids are getting phones when they’re a lot younger, and rates of cell-phone addiction will rise within the next couple of years.

  2. April 28, 2018 by Minjeong.Kim

    I thought that this topics is very important, and very relatable as I am also worried about my friends and even myself about too much use of cell phones. I really liked how you allowed the reader to engage with the topic and ask about how I do in order to decrease the use of cell phones. I like how you visualized your presentation by providing concise information, but essential information for this topic.

  3. April 30, 2018 by Caroline.Herzfeld

    This topic relates so much to me and to just about everyone these days! I recently dropped my phone in a pool and have had to go a couple of days without a phone; it has been torture! I have realized how addicted I am to my phone I really am. After reading this, everything makes a lot more sense and makes me feel less alone in the addiction.

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