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Study: average person can't go ten minutes without checking cell phone

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A recent study completed by Asurion determined the average person struggles to go more than ten minutes without out checking their phone. A recent study completed by Asurion determined the average person struggles to go more than ten minutes without out checking their phone.
Cohoe said that a cell phone is like a person’s friend. So when they’re without it, it causes anxiety. Cohoe said that a cell phone is like a person’s friend. So when they’re without it, it causes anxiety.

Look down, right now. Where is your cell phone? Is it next to you? In your pocket? Probably somewhere in sight, right? 

A recent study completed by Asurion determined the average person struggles to go more than ten minutes without out checking their phone. Of the 2,000 people surveyed, one in ten checks their phone, on average, every four minutes.

Alfred Cohoe is a professor of psychology at Ohio Northern University. He said this could be an issue as face to face interaction is an important part of life.

"So much of our communication is non-verbal," said Cohoe. "It’s how a person says what they say, not just what they say. In the world today, we have young people spending so much time communicating using cell phones. You don’t have that personal situation where you can see people."

Cohoe said that a cell phone is like a person’s friend. So when they’re without it, it causes anxiety. In fact the study concluded 31 percent of people feel anxiety when separated from their cell phone.

"They get very high anxiety," Cohoe said. "There are people who basically become extremely nervous. It’s basically an integral part of their personality to have the phone."

"It almost feels like a piece of me is missing," said Ohio Northern Junior, Makenzie Johnson. "If I don’t have it, I’m wondering where it is. It’s not something I could just set down and not worry about unless I’m in a large group of people that I would normally be on my phone with."

"You kind of feel like you’re missing something," Sergio Bugarin said, an Ohio Northern Freshman. "Especially if you leave the house without it, it’s like I forgot something and you don’t feel like you."

The study claims the average person checks their phone 80 times a day. Johnson guessed she checks her phone 100 times a day and Bugarin said he checks it too many times to guess. But even with the results of the study, Cohoe finds cell phones more a benefit for a college student than a distraction.

"When I was in graduate school I spent many hours in the library," Cohoe said. "Today you could spend minutes in your room and get the same amount of information."

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