This is revealed by a mega research conducted by researchers from Kent State University Ohio, United States.
According to the research findings, high frequency cell phone users tend to have not only the lower GPA, but higher anxiety levels, and lower satisfaction with life, relative to their peers who used the cell phone less often. “Students’ cell phones are rarely out of reach whether the setting is a college classroom, library, recreational center, cafeteria or dorm room. As cell phone use continues to increase, it is worth considering whether the use of the device is related to measurable outcomes important for student success, such as academic performance, anxiety and happiness”, the researchers said.
In January 2013, another team of researchers has already identified a negative relationship between cell phone use and cardiorespiratory fitness of young students. ‘Students should monitor their cell phone use critically, as it may soon appear to be detrimental to their academic performance, mental and physical health, happiness and overall wellbeing’, the research concludes.
Kent State University researchers Andrew Lepp, Ph.D., Jacob Barkley, Ph.D., and Aryn Karpinski, Ph.D., all faculty members in the university’s College of Education, Health and Human Services, surveyed more than 500 university students. Daily cell phone use was recorded along with a clinical measure of anxiety and each student’s level of satisfaction with their own life, or in other words happiness. Finally, all participants allowed the researchers to access their official university records in order to retrieve their actual, cumulative college grade point average (GPA).
All students surveyed were undergraduate students and were equally distributed by class (freshman, sophomore, junior and senior). In addition, 82 different, self-reported majors were represented.