Student ‘addiction’ to technology ‘similar to drug cravings’, study finds
Over the past decade, the amount of electronic gadgets available to consumers has grown dramatically. While many people realize that they may not be able to live without their devices, a recent study has concluded that many people may actually be addicted to their gadgets.
A recent study surveyed over 1,000 students at 12 different universities across 10 countries about their ability to go without using any of their gadgets for a 24-hour period. The study concluded that a very clear majority of the participants in the study were not able to go a full day without using their devices.
Following a few hours of not being able to use their iPhones, iPads, or laptops, students reported a wide range of feelings, some of which were oddly compared to emotions and physical reactions felt by drug addicts.
Only one in five of the participants reported addiction-like symptoms while one in ten stated that they felt a bit worthless about not having constant access to their devices.
While the clear majority felt worse off without the devices, about 21 percent of the participants did state that they could see some advantage to not being constantly plugged in.