Are smartphones making you smarter? Or more anxious?

Woman looking at smartphoneMany students have smartphones. Cellphones may have a benefit of allowing you to stay in touch with family, friends, even help you stay organized, useful in emergency situations, etc.

One can often see students walking, talking, sitting while using smartphones. Some students are almost constantly using their phones. Is this a good thing? Is this impacting your anxiety, grades, and your sense of well-being?

A study (1) published in 2014 of more than 500 college students, looked at cellphone usage and found that increasing cellphone usage was related increased anxiety and lower grades. They also found that anxiety and lower grades worsened the students sense of well-being.

Are constant interruptions, multi-tasking provoking your anxiety? How do you know? One way to know might be to consider periodically turning off your cellphone (or setting it to silent mode) when studying, in class, meetings; and see how this feels. Fewer interruptions might also allow you to be more productive and thus feel more satisfied and less anxious.

  1. Andrew Lepp, Jacob E. Barkley, Aryn C. Karpinski. The relationship between cell phone use, academic performance, anxiety, and Satisfaction with Life in college students. Computers in Human Behavior 31 (2014) 343–350.

Disclaimer: This article is intended to be informative only. It is advised that you check with your own physician/mental health provider before implementing any changes.  With this article, the author is not rendering medical advice, nor diagnosing, prescribing, or treating any condition, or injury; and therefore claims no responsibility to any person or entity for any liability, loss, or injury caused directly or indirectly as a result of the use, application, or interpretation of the material presented.