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Survey Reveals iPhone Addiction Rampant on College Campuses

Survey Reveals iPhone Addiction Rampant on College Campuses

Including room and board, it now costs over $50,000 per year to attend Stanford University. That's a lot of cash to cough up to send your son or daughter to the second ranked university in the world (according to the Academic Ranking of World Universities), but money well spent when you consider your offspring will be tackling the tough issues, like iPhone addiction.

Huh? Believe it or not, a new Stanford study set out to discover just how attached college kids are to their Apple-inspired smartphone, and as it turns out, the results are pretty creepy.



Out of the 200 students with iPhones who participated in the survey, 75 percent fessed up to being bed mates with their handheld gadget. Think about that the next time you ask to borrow someone's iPhone. Granted, there are viable reasons for sleeping with an iPhone, and 89 percent said they used it as their alarm clock. But these are college kids we're talking about, and we're probably better off not knowing what other functions are being performed once the lights go out.

It gets more bizarre. While 15 percent said the iPhone was turning them into a media addict, 30 percent referred to their smartphone as a "doorway into the world." Another 25 percent dubbed it "dangerously alluring, and 41 percent felt it would be "a tragedy" to lose their iPhone, which in this case is literally like losing your bed mate.



So what does it all mean? For starters, it means you paid too much to send your offspring to Stanford. But the survey also reveals what some would argue is an unhealthy addiction towards the iPhone. When asked to rate their level of addiction on a scale of one to five, with five being addicted and one being not addicted at all, 44 percent rated themselves a four or five, while just 6 percent said they weren't addicted.

"One of the most striking things we saw in the interviews was just how identified people were with their iPhone," said Professor Tanya Luhrmann, the Stanford anthropology professor who oversaw the survey. "It was not so much with the object itself, but it had so much personal information that it became a kind of extension of the mind and a means to have a social life. It just kind of captured part of their identity."

Thoughts? Post 'em in our comments section below!
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"Because" Last paragraph

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Yea I agree totally you see lots if I-phones toting college kids on campus. I often wonder how much of it is a fad, and how many are actually really passionate about what the device is capable of.

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I use my iPhone for all the apps and HH! Lol

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Same here la_guy, iPhones are a hot commodity on campus. I usually sit in the back and I see 1 in 5 students has an iPhone out at any given time...usually during lecture.

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I think as in many cases widespread trends in society start with the mid/late teens to young adults. This just points more where we as a world society are going in the future. So I see this as nothing more than what many especially those in touch with technology already expected. This also points right at the current industry trends of higher mobility as well as more functionality on a mobile platform. The iPhone is just the most visible form of it, so it adheres to it for now.

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On a campus one would assume that all of the features would be available and working on them. That makes them much more desirable I think. But here in my little backwoods section of Northern Virginia, they don't work properly. (with all of the features) Many areas around here don't even HAVE service and the only carrier with decent service around here is Rip-Off Sprint. My daughter, who lives in the Cleveland area, doesn't like it here because her iPhone is all but useless in this area.

I can see where cutting edge, kick-ass technology could be addicting,.......here I am in front of this computer again,..............

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Wednesday, March 10, 1841: Survey Reveals Novel Addiction Rampant on College Campuses

A reliable study performed at Keeble College, Oxford, has shewn that the Youth there have taken to the reading of Novels, despite their illicit Repute.

The form, containing sundry Cheque-Boxes to be ticked off by the Respondant, asks such Enquiries as "Do you read Novels to the exclusion of serious Literature?" and encouraged repliess ranging from "Constantly" to "Most Often."

One young Rake even admitted that he brought a Novel to bed, reading it by gas-light should it be available, a whale-oil lamp should it not be.

Respondants were assured of their Anonymity to ensure honest replies; they were noted by the Researchers and later expelled from the dignified Institution, as is Proper.

 

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