40% Of Students Are Addicted To Their Smartphones

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This news should come as no surprise, but college students are addicted to their smartphones. PhoneArena has reported on a story that covers the study which sheds light on this.

The study by University College London found 40% of students are addicted to their smartphones. Again, this comes as no surprise, especially in this day and age.

The study was published on March 3. It shows that a staggering amount of university of students could be addicted to their smartphones. The purpose of the study is to show the relationship between smartphone addiction and sleep quality. The study looked at a group of 1,043 people between the age of 18 to 30.


The young adults had to fill out a smartphone addiction questionnaire. They also had to complete an adapted version of the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Score index. Lastly, they had to answer questions both in-person and online. The study lasted for a  period of 40 days before the answers were evaluated.

40% of students are addicted to their smartphone which is no surprise

After the study researchers found that 39% of young adults may be addicted to their phones. As a result of this addiction, young adults suffered from poor sleep. The way the study works is it takes the number of hours the participants use their phones each day, measures their sleep patterns, and notes a decrease in socializing.

The study also takes into account the negative feelings such as anxiety when the young adults were away from their smartphones. The study states that “the overall prevalence of smartphone addiction was 38.9%. This includes 35.7% of males who were addicted and 40.1% females.”


The study mentions more which can be read more in-depth here. Of note, the study claims that “validated addiction instrument should be used to capture this phenomenon of addiction.” The University College London seems to have done its best to use professional and certified indexes.

The reason for this is to objectively measure each factor that was used to diagnose what constituted addiction. Overall the study should be able to bring awareness to the amount of time our society is staring at our smartphones.

We as a society can use our time for better things instead of staring at our phones. Especially for university students who should be studying. Of course, this isn’t too surprising. When considering the rise of TikTok, and the growing usage of other social media platforms it all makes sense.


These factors plus the pandemic lockdowns have made doom scrolling a normal activity. As a result, many users stuck at home used their smartphones to pass time. As social media platforms become more ingrained in everyday life the more people may become addicted.