Cell Phone Craze

By: Courtney Lassiter
By: Courtney Lassiter

Teens say they need to be connected 24 hours a day, seven days a week!
Psychologists attribute their behavior as part of their "developing generation."

According to a study by the Associated Press, there are 170 million people in the United States between the ages 13 to 54 years old.
143 million of them are cell phone owners.

"The cell phone use, you can divide by age." Says Dr. Grieve, WKU Professor of Clinical Psychology.
Many students on Western Kentucky University's campus hold their cell phones in anticipation of receiving a call while walking to class. We asked them why.
"It's just in case."
"I want someone to reach me at all times."
"It's just what you do."
Do they really get that many phone calls?
"Sometimes it's like every couple hours sometimes it's every 5 minutes."
An interesting behavior we found, is when students walk by themselves, they immediately grab their cell phones.
What's so important that they need to talk between classes?
"Anything to keep 'em on the phone till I get to where I have to go."
Whatever happened to The Power of Silence? It's been substituted for talking...for this generation at least.
"It gives you something to do when you're bored."
Dr. Grieve says being connected to peers non-stop won't hinder growth or rob them of their identities, he chalks it up to how this generation will be diversified.
"I think it's the developing culture of young people. Just like 30 - 40 years ago we had television babies."
Now, we have modern day "Chatty Kathy's."
The last interesting aspect we found was that 9 out of 10 interviews we conducted, were talking to their Mother.

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