High cell phone use linked to lower physical activity


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Can't stop checking your phone throughout the day? According to a new study, you're less likely to be in shape than your not-so-phone-obsessed peers.

Jacob Barkley and Andrew Lepp — faculty members in the College of Education, Health and Human Services at Kent State University — initiated the research after wondering if high phone usage would have a different effect on fitness levels than excessive TV-watching since the phone is portable and can be used while doing all kinds of physical activity.

They surveyed 300 college students from the Midwest on cell phone usage and activity levels, and then tested the fitness level and body composition of 49 of them. The students who were glued to their cell phones throughout the day — some spending as much as 14 hours daily on their phones — were less fit than those who averaged slightly more than 90 minutes of daily cell phone use.

Read the full study on the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity's website.