Research Publication Title

An Examination of College Students’ Stress Levels and Cell Phone Usage

Major

Psychology

Faculty Mentor(s)

Tsu-Min Chiang

Abstract

In this day in age, college students spend the majority of their day chatting, surfing the internet, or posting on social media primarily through the use of their cell phone. College students on average use one to five applications on their phones per day, not including the continuous text message and social interaction. Past research shows that three-fourths of college students reported that having their cell phone has helped them make more efficient use of their time (Emmanuel, 2013). However, college students also claim feelings of tension and stress in their daily lives. The relationship between the use of cell phones and stress levels have not been examined thus far. Therefor, the current study explores whether college students' cell phone usage has a positive correlation with their stress levels. Data were collected from three hundred and ninety college students (male=90) using an online survey method. Participants reported the amount of time they utilized the cell phone as well as the types of activities they are engaging while they are on the cell phone. SPSS were performed to examine the correlation of cell phone use and stress level. Gender differences were examined first, and no significant results were found. The data was then combined. The results revealed a significant correlation between students using phone for social media and higher frequency report of being stressed. More results and implications will be discussed at the conference.

Start Date

10-4-2015 9:00 AM

End Date

10-4-2015 10:00 AM

Location

HSB 304

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An Examination of College Students’ Stress Levels and Cell Phone Usage

HSB 304

In this day in age, college students spend the majority of their day chatting, surfing the internet, or posting on social media primarily through the use of their cell phone. College students on average use one to five applications on their phones per day, not including the continuous text message and social interaction. Past research shows that three-fourths of college students reported that having their cell phone has helped them make more efficient use of their time (Emmanuel, 2013). However, college students also claim feelings of tension and stress in their daily lives. The relationship between the use of cell phones and stress levels have not been examined thus far. Therefor, the current study explores whether college students' cell phone usage has a positive correlation with their stress levels. Data were collected from three hundred and ninety college students (male=90) using an online survey method. Participants reported the amount of time they utilized the cell phone as well as the types of activities they are engaging while they are on the cell phone. SPSS were performed to examine the correlation of cell phone use and stress level. Gender differences were examined first, and no significant results were found. The data was then combined. The results revealed a significant correlation between students using phone for social media and higher frequency report of being stressed. More results and implications will be discussed at the conference.