Psychological impact of a mobile lifestyle

A recent report has shown that 90% of 12 year old kids in the UK have a mobile phone.

Not a surprising statistic on it’s own but 80% of the children in the survey who have a mobile phone said that they have a better social life.

50% of those questioned admitted to sending and receiving a text during a lesson. They also preferred texting to making a phone call, and send on average 10 texts a day.

Nice statistics, but what can we learn from them. Well certainly the phone is now ubiquitous from the age of 12 upwards. The phone also has a key role in the social life of children.

I’ve looked for further psychological research or evidence to see if anyone is looking into the impact these trends but have none - feedback welcome if you know of some!

BBC NEWS Business Youngsters ‘reliant on mobiles’