College 101: Cellphones, Laptops, Music
FRIDAY, April 8 (HealthDay News) -- A new study suggests that
college students worldwide are "addicted" to portable electronic
devices, such as cellphones, laptops and MP3 players.
Researchers asked about 1,000 students in 10 countries on five
continents to give up all their portable electronic devices for 24
hours. After that break, the students wrote about their feelings
and also completed a survey.
Most college students, whether living in developed or developing
countries, are similar in how they use portable electronic devices
and how "addicted" they are to them, according to the study
released this week by the International Center for Media & the
Public Agenda (ICMPA) at the University of Maryland.
The researchers had expected to find some differences among
students from different countries, said project director Susan D.
Moeller, a journalism and public policy professor at the University
of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism and director of
the ICMPA, in a news release. "But it quickly became apparent, from
looking at the student demographics and the students' narrative
comments, that all the student-responders in this study are digital
natives. It was then that we realized that digital natives have no
passports: if we had covered up the place name of a student's
comment we would have had no idea of the student's
Among the comments from participants after their 24-hour
separation from portable electronic devices:
- An American student: "I was itching, like a crackhead, because
I could not use my phone."
- A student in Slovakia: "I felt sad, lonely and depressed."
- A Chinese student: "I can say, without exaggeration, I was
almost freaking out."
- A British student: "Media is my drug; without it I was lost. I
am an addict."
The American Academy of Pediatrics has issued these
guidelines on media use for children and
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