“Students spend up to 10 hours a day on their mobile phones,” the Mail Online reports. The results of a US study suggest that some young people have developed an addiction to their phone.

Mobile or “cell” phone addiction is the habitual drive or compulsion to continue to use a mobile phone, despite its negative impact on one’s wellbeing.

The authors of a new study suggest that this can occur when a mobile phone user reaches a “tipping point”, where he/she can no longer control their phone use. Potential negative consequences include dangerous activities, such as texting while driving.

This latest study surveyed mobile phone use and addiction in a sample of 164 US students.

The students reported spending nearly nine hours a day on their mobile phones. There was a significant difference in the amount of time male and female students spent on their phones, with women spending around 150 minutes more a day using the device.

Common activities included texting, sending emails, surfing the internet, checking Facebook and using other social media apps, such as Instagram and Pinterest.

It was also found that women spent a lot more time texting than men, and were more likely to report feeling agitated when their phone was out of sight or their battery was nearly dead. Men spent more time than women playing games.

Using Instagram and Pinterest, and using the phone to listen to music, as well as the number of calls made and the number of texts sent, were positively associated with (increased risk of) phone addiction.

However, the study did not prove that any of these activities can cause mobile phone addiction.

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