New survey sheds light on ‘cell phone addiction’

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The majority of young people these days have cell phones but a new study from Cisco is shedding light on what some say is now an addiction. We asked some local college students about their cell phone habits to find out.

90% of those surveyed said they check their phones even before they get out of bed.

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“I wake up check my text messages, check my email, go on Facebook to see what happened while I was asleep,” said Carlos Harris.

“Pretty much right when I wake up, but that’s just because my alarm’s on my phone and I kind of have to,” agreed Patrick Murray.

And those checks continue throughout the day. 1-in-5 said they check their smartphone for emails, texts, or social media updates at least once every 10 minutes.

“I use it almost every hour,” said Samantha Jay.

But is this a healthy habit or an addiction? 60% said they compulsively or subconsciously check their phones. More than 40%  said they would go through a withdrawal without them like something was missing.

“Naked. Like I needed it with me,” said Naomi Moreno.

“I would feel naked,” said Murray. “There’s a special spot in my pocket that I just feel day to day, and when I don’t feel that it’s pretty weird. It’s like there’s an absence there.”

And it seems young people are really attached to their phones. 75% use them in bed, over a third use them in the bathroom, and nearly half text, email, and check social media at the table during meals.

The Cisco survey also addresses friendship and shopping trends online. You can find more at Cisco’s webpage.

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