Texting linked with sleep problems for college students

Friday, October 4, 2013

College students, you might want to give your phones a rest for the sake of your sleep.

A small new study from Washington and Lee University researchers shows an association between more texting among college freshmen, and worse sleep.

The findings, published in the journal Psychology of Popular Media Culture, are based on questionnaires answered by 83 first-year undergraduate students. They were asked about the amount of text messages they send and receive each day, as well as their sleep problems, well-being, and academic and social burnout.

The researchers found that the more daily texts, the worse the sleep of the college freshmen. They also identified an association between texting and psychological well-being, but noted that this association depended on the stress level the students were already facing.

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