Study reports majority of college students have cell phone ‘addiction’

About 60 percent of college students say they feel addicted to their cell phones, according to a recently published study in Hack College, a technology magazine.

The study claimed that 94 percent of college students send a text message every day, 73 percent use their cell phone to make a call every day and 75 percent of college students are never without their cell phone.

Only 25 percent of college students pay their own cell phone bills, according to the study.

Eric Dietrich, a philosophy professor at Binghamton University who focuses on topics including cognitive science and artificial intelligence, said he thinks the ubiquity of cell phone usage among college students, and society in general, poses a number of problems.

“Will we turn into the Borg from Star Trek: constantly in communication with dozens to thousands of people?” Dietrich wrote in an email. “The silly factor is also a danger: I once saw a student call another student he was walking a few feet behind to tell first student he was right behind him. So an entire energy grid [and] complex satellite system was utilized [because] a student couldn’t shout: ‘Hey, wait up!”

Deitrich said using cell phones in college classes distracts from learning.

“American students, in general, are among the most poorly educated students in the industrialized world,” he said. “It’s hard to see how texting in the middle of class about hooking up would fix this problem.”

Maria Pineiro, an undeclared freshman, said she was not surprised at the results of the Hack College study.

“I use my cell phone for going on Facebook all the time,” Pineiro said. “It’s just a more convenient way to keep in touch with people.”

Pineiro also said she believes texting is an easier form of communication than calling or emailing.

“No one can hang out with their friends without checking their cell phones,” Pineiro said. “However, it makes it a lot easier to talk to family, friends, and have easy, accessible Internet access, especially when compared to the alternatives of calling someone or even emailing them.”

Jenna Giamundo, an undeclared freshman, said she enjoys talking on the phone, but likes the convenience of texting.

“Students are so lazy that we just use our cell phones to text our friends instead of calling,” Giamundo said.

Meghan Donovon and Jessie Heller, both undeclared freshmen, said they think cell phones prevent real communication among people.

“Whenever I’m out with my friends, I’ve noticed that other people around me are constantly on their cell phones,” Donovon said. “They can’t even enjoy the presence of their friends.”

“Texting gets people out of real contact,” Heller said. “You can have a different relationship with someone between phones than in person. Cell phones allow for a comfort zone. Cell phones don’t allow people to live in the moment. They’re not focused on what is happening in the now.”