What kind of effect do you feel smartphones have on people’s relationships?


In today’s school, many students are experiencing high levels of anxiety, stress, and tension – if they discover that they are in a no network area or if their cell battery is running low.  No longer seen as a status symbol, smartphones are now viewed as a necessity.  These phones are our personal assistants, containing our email, our calendar, our activities…our lives.

In this module we will be looking at how smartphones are starting to affect our lives.  We will find out how they affect our eating habits, our sleeping habits, and our relationships.  We will determine what the positive and oftentimes negative consequences can be.

Reading Assignments

The following articles can be accessed through ProQuest or EBSCOhost . Log into the myEdison portal and go to My Resources > Educational. There you will find the links to the databases. The specific database for each article is listed in parenthesis.


  • Brandon, H.(2010). Screams and temper tantrums: Addiction, thy name is iPhone. (EBSCOhost Business Source Elite)
  • Sahin, S., Ozdemir, K., Unsal, A. Temiz, N. (2013). Evaluation of mobile phone addiction level and sleep quality in university students. (ProQuest)
  • Choliz, M. (2012). Mobile phone addiction in adolescence:  The test of mobile phone dependence. (ProQuest)
  • Billieux, J., van der Linden, M., &Rochat, L. (2008). The role of impulsivity in actual and problematic use of the mobile phone. (EBSCOhost Academic Search Premiere)

Answer the following questions.

  1. What kind of effect do you feel smartphones have on people’s relationships? Are they able to say things via their phone they could not without?(650 words)


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