The university studied more than 500 students, looking at their daily phone usage and gauging their overall outlook on life. People who were more attached to their cell suffered “heightened anxiety” for feeling a constant need to stay in touch with everyone. Their grades weren't good. And they also—shockingly!—had trouble disconnecting at night from social media outlets like Facebook.
Researcher Andrew Lepp added: ‘There is no me time or solitude left in some of these students’ lives and I think mental health requires a bit of personal alone time to reflect, look inward, process life's events, and just recover from daily stressors.'
'Also, a few of the students we interviewed reported sending texts constantly throughout the day from morning to night that in itself might be stressful.'
The Daily Mail says the study stands in contrast to previous research, “which found mobile phones improve social interaction and help reduce feelings of isolation.”
Bottom line: Live your life. Most texts can wait. (Plus, if we're being honest here… the text to Girl A should wait a few minutes.)