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Cell phones and texting are generally distracting and detrimental to attention (driving, school, work, etc.). Researchers have shown that cellphones affect attention (O’Connor, Whitehill, King, Kernic, Bresnahan & Ebel, 2013; Schwebel, Stavrinos, Byington, Davis, O'Neal, Jong, 2012; Thornton, Faires, Robbins, & Rollins, 2014). It is therefore important to examine all situations in which using cell phones are potentially harmful to one’s social or occupational life. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, more than nine people are killed and more than 1,153 people are injured in motor vehicle crashes per day (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2014). Cell phones are not only detrimental to driving but also to other activities that demand attention. Previous research has suggested that students able to text in class receive lower grades than those who do not text in class (Dietz & Henrich, 2014).
Bill Philips, PhD
Scholarly and Creative Works Conference, Dominican University of California
San Rafael, CA
Cell Phone, Smart Phone, Telecommunications, SMS, Text Messaging
Applied Behavior Analysis | Psychology
Grajeda, Victoria L., "The Relationship of Cell Phone Usage to Personality and Attention" (2015). Student Research Posters. 75.