Research: Impact on Cell Phone Use and Social Networking

The American Association of Behavioral and Social Sciences Journal (The AABSS Journal, 2011, Volume 15) 1

THE IMPACT OF CELL PHONE USE ON SOCIAL NETWORKING AND DEVELOPMENT AMONG COLLEGE STUDENTS

Mikiyasu Hakoama & Shotaro Hakoyama Central Michigan University 989-774-3743

Abstract Cell phones have become increasingly popular in recent years. While people of various ages find cell phones convenient and useful, younger generations tend to appreciate them more and be more dependent on them. Based on a survey conducted in a mid-size, Midwestern university, college students’ cell phone use was examined. The survey consisted of 44 questions that dealt with various aspects of cell phone use, such as cell phone ownerships, time spent for cell phone calls, monthly cell phone bills, communication networks, text messaging, and cell phone dependency. The survey results indicated that, of the 501 responses, 99% owned cell phones and nearly 90% of them have had cell phones for more than three years. The results also showed significant gender differences in several aspects of cell phone use. Multiple interpretations of the findings are discussed.

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