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Too Much Cellphone Use Bad for Students’ GPAs

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Newsflash: spending too much time on cellphones could be spell bad news for college students come report card time.

More than 90 percent of 18-24 year-olds in America own cellphones, according to the Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life Project.

And as more classrooms embrace the devices as learning tools, researchers at Kent State University conducted a study to see how the phones impact student success, i.e. their academic prowess, anxiety level and satisfaction with their lives.

The Youngstown Vindicator reports the research team surveyed 500 undergraduates about their daily talk time, and gained access to their college records. The result: high cellphone usage had a negative relationship with grade point averages.

All that socializing and texting isn’t doing much to make students feel happier about their personal lives either. The survey also found high phone use coincided with a higher level of anxiety.

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