A study of anxiety associated with mobile phone separation
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This study sought to investigate Irish peoples' dependence on their mobile phones, their willingness to be separated from their mobile phones and the perceived anxiety associated with this separation. To this end a group of Irish mobile phone users aged 18 - 40 years old was recruited. Their mobile phone dependence was measured using the Cellular Technologies Addiction Scale (CT =AS) and Anxiety scores calculated using the State Trait Anxiety Inventory (STAI). Participants were offered the opportunity to participate in a twelve hour separation from their mobile phones and their anxiety levels over this period were recorded and compared with a control group. Only 40% of participants were willing to go without their mobile phones. No significant difference in anxiety between groups was observed during separation. This study offers an insight into why people are unwilling to be separated from their mobile phones.
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