American college students are hooked on cellphones, social media and the Internet and showing symptoms similar to drug and alcohol addictions, according to a new study.
Researchers at the University of Maryland who asked 200 students to give up all media for one full day found that after 24 hours many showed signs of withdrawal, craving and anxiety along with an inability to function well without their media and social links.
Susan Moeller, the study's project director and a journalism professor at the university, said many students wrote about how they hated losing their media connections, which some equated to going without friends and family....
These devices are literaly becoming idols. Not only are people addicted to them, thet can't even relate to real people right in front of them anymore. Teenagers will walk right out into traffic texting. At resturaunts you will see families where the teenager is obviously not part of the family experience, because they are on their gadgets. Parents are not doing anything to stop this. In church it's a constant battle to keep kids of them. People don't understand that the word is not being attended to. In 20 yurs. this generation will not be able to relate with any social skills to real people. What's worse, is churches, that have live services are now allowing people to tweet comments about the message; during the service, and to people in the service. Freinds; This causes double mindeness. I don't care how reformed of conservative the church is, this will kill reverence in the service and make sure the fowls of the air steel the word.