Cell Phone Use Might Lead To Feeling Less Socially Connected

Posted: Aug 18 2016, 10:43pm CDT | by , in News | Latest Science News

 
Cell Phone Use might Lead to Feeling less Socially Connected
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If you think that access to constant communication keeps you closer to your family, you might have the wrong impression as a new study has shown that cell phone use might actually lead to feeling less socially connected.

The study suggested that the cell phone may have more social value for women compared to men and women may be better at using it to augment or complement existing social relationships.

Andrew Lepp, researcher at the Kent State University and his colleagues surveyed 493 students, ranging in age from 18-29, to see whether cell phone use, including texting and talking, was associated with feeling socially connected to their parents and peers. The results show a significant difference between men and women.

Female students reported spending an average of 365 minutes per day using their cell phones, sending and receiving an average of 265 texts per day, and making and receiving six calls per day.

Male students reported spending less time on their phone (287 minutes), sending and receiving fewer texts (190), and making and receiving the same amount of calls as the female students.

For the women, the study found that talking on the phone was associated with feeling emotionally close with their parents. However, when it came to relationships with friends, texting was associated with feeling emotionally close.

For the men, the opposite holds true - daily calling and texting were not related in any way to feelings of emotional closeness with either parents or with peers.

Researchers also looked at problematic use, which is a recurrent craving to use a cell phone during inappropriate times - such as driving a car, or at night when you should be sleeping.

For both the men and women, the study found that problematic cell phone use was negatively related to feelings of emotional closeness with parents and peers.

"In other words, the students in the study who tended to use their cell phones compulsively and at inappropriate times felt less socially connected to parents and peers than other students," Lepp said in a statement.

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