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Author: Kamibeppu, Kiyoko
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CMCH Synopsis: A group of Japanese junior high students were surveyed about their cell phone use and their friendships. About half of them owned cell phones and were more likely to have friends who also had cell phones. Researchers found that some of the students display some symptoms of dependency; a number of students felt they could not go without their cell phones and that their phones interfered with their schedule. More than half of the students without cell phones wanted one. The authors point out that it is possible that students feel left out socially if they do not have a cell phone. They recommend more research with different cultures and ages. Center on Media and Child Health
Year: 2005
Article Title: Impact of the mobile phone on junior high school students' friendships in the Tokyo metropolitan area
Journal: Cyberpsychology & Behavior
Volume: 8
Issue: 8
Pages: 121-130
ISSN: 1094-9313
Source of Funding: Yasude Seimei Shakai Jigyodan
Study Design: Correlational Study
Publication Type: Journal Article
Age Group: Adolescence (13-17 yrs), Childhood (birth-12 yrs), School Age (6-12 yrs)
Keywords: Adolescents
Cell Phones
Communication Skills
Emotional Response
Families and Family Life
Gender Differences
Peer Group
Popular Culture
Social Development



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