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Cellphone use can lead to lower grades among students


Thursday, December 12, 2013

The ubiquity of cellphones on college campuses is hardly a new phenomenon, but according to the results of a recent study, excessive cellphone use may negatively impact students' grades.

Researchers at Kent State University in Ohio evaluated the extent to which cellphone usage among college students affected several aspects of their lives. At the conclusion of the study, the researchers discovered that students who used their cellphones more frequently experienced a decline in their grade point average. In addition, heightened cellphone usage was tied to increased feelings of anxiety, as well as lower overall satisfaction with life.

Cellphones can be a useful tool for college students, but excessive use of these devices was also shown to have a detrimental effect on students' physical well-being. In a separate study conducted earlier this year, individuals who used their mobile devices more frequently were also found to have poorer cardiorespiratory fitness than their peers who used cellphones less often.

Many students use their cellphones as an essential tool in the college search and as a go-to resource for their personal and academic lives. However, if the results of these studies are any indication, students should use their mobile devices in moderation to ensure they remain focused, happy and healthy.

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