Mobile phones are ruining relationships at an alarming rate.
The sense attachment felt by many towards their mobile phone these days is becoming a major contributing factor in the break-up of many relationships, a new study by the University of Maryland has found.
According to the survey, young adults can spend up to seven hours each day using their phone, with some experiencing feeling of withdrawal when separated from their mobile.
Dr James Roberts, of Baylor's Hankamer School of Business, in Texas, said that “instant messaging” addiction was driven by “materialism and impulsiveness.” He noted: "Mobile phones are a part of our consumer culture. They are not just a consumer tool, but are used as a status symbol. They're also eroding our personal relationships."
Previous studies have found that young adults aged 18-29 send an average of 109.5 texts every day, or around 3,200 messages a month. They receive an additional 113 texts and check their phones 60 times in a typical day, with students spend around seven hours per day interacting with information and communication technology.
It was also reported recently that half of Brits would rather check their tablet than talk to their partner, while a study from the University of Worcester revealed that smartphone users can suffer from hallucinations, stress and obsessions from their mobile, imagining phantom vibrations when they don't receive any activity such as calls or texts.