Smartphones: the teenager's drug of choice

Smartphones: the teenager's drug of choiceThose pesky teenagers and their phones, eh? Turns out younger generations have become so accustomed to technology being an integral part of daily life that they experience withdrawal symptoms if they ever have to do without.

That's the result of a new study into young people and their relationship with technology that saw a group of students forced to live without tech for a period of 24 hours.

Nearly 80% of the 150 students observed reported feelings ranging from distress to confusion and isolation when hit by the one-day gadget blackout, with one youngster saying they were “itching like a crack-head”.

The study, conducted at the University of Bournemouth, saw 150 students agreed to go “cold turkey” and deny themselves access to their phones, social networking sites, the internet and TV for a single day.

The only form of technology they were allowed access to was a traditional landline. For the rest, they were encouraged to read and keep a diary.

Fast forward 24 hours and one in five students reported feeling cravings and symptoms of withdrawal similar to addiction, while a further 11% said they were confused and felt like a failure.

In total, just 21% of the sample group said they felt any kind of benefit at all from the tech blackout.

Via Daily Mail

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JanSt / MOD  Apr. 9, 2011 at 11:10

Think of a commodity. Any commodity. There, someone is hooked on it.
And of course the media blast 24/7: be a star on xfactor, youtoob, twitter...
I'm too old, but I guess not long and lovers don't 'dump' each other - they'll 'unfollow'...
40 years ago my father would drive 40 miles to buy a Sunday paper.

ppstuff  Apr. 9, 2011 at 13:01

I'm forever snorting sim cards. I can't help it; I'm addicted.

blahh  Jun. 14, 2011 at 11:24



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