Cellphones under scrutiny

Western junior Wes Cunningham texts between two and four people each day. But he would throw his phone in the trash if he could. He said communication is becoming more of an obligation than a decision.

“It almost seems like it’s required to keep up with everything going on now,” Cunningham said. “Just because I’m on my phone all the time doesn’t mean I like it.”

Western psychology professor Deborah Forgays is currently conducting a study with her colleague, Ira Hyman, on the demographics and habits of cellphone users.

The study will address topics such as gender and age differences in length and frequency of cellphone use, as well as expectations in response time for text messages, Forgays said.

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