Temple Psychology Dept. Publishes Study on Smartphone Use

Temple University’s Department of Psychology recently published a study detailing a relationship between smartphone usage and how it affects a person’s behavior.

The research was conducted by Dr. Jason Chein and Dr. Harry Wilmer.  The two recorded the results of 91 Temple students over the course of the Spring 2016 semester. Students were asked to reveal how much time they spend on their phones, regardless of whether they were checking social media, looking up sports scores or simply checking the time.

Dr. Wilmer says that excessive use of smartphones can increase a person’s sense of impatience. He says that “these devices such as smartphones and iPads that we carry with us all the time are causing us to become more immediacy- oriented”.

When asked about the study, Temple students were not surprised to see a relationship between excessive smartphone use and a lack of patience.

Temple University alumnus Kalee Marshall says, “When I was tutoring this student, he is so addicted to social media, that right in person as we’re speaking, he wouldn’t talk to me. In fact, he would text me in person right in front of me as opposed to speaking in front of me”.

Temple Sophomore, Brianna Robinson, says, “I have a problem with letting the notifications sit on my phone. So even if I don’t necessarily care about what the notification is about, I’ll still have to check it, and I’m a pretty patient person.”


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