Study links student cellphone use to higher anxiety, lower grades

If you know someone in school, chances are you’ve gotten a surreptitious text from them during class. It’s a sign that their mind might have wandered from the lecture, but also an indicator of cellphones’ widespread use among college students.

Three researchers at Kent State University in Ohio took a large pool of users and surveyed more than 500 students to find out if daily cellphone use affected their anxiety or happiness levels. The students even let the researchers see their grades to measure any effects.

The researchers found more cellphone use in general meant higher levels of anxiety and lower grades. While the students who used cellphones less tended have more satisfaction in life. (View a breakdown of the findings.)