Cell Phones the Newest Teen Addiction
November 26, 2000
A new report claims that cigarettes are slowly being replaced
by an equally addictive obsession - the mobile phone.
Among some of the reports findings:
"We hypothesise that the fall in youth smoking and the
rise in ownership of mobile phones among adolescents are related,"
the authors write. They suggest that many teens cannot afford
to sustain both habits and prefer the cutting-edge technology
over the smoking.
They also note that the device is associated with many of
the traits that attract teens to cigarettes:
"The marketing of mobile phones is rooted in promoting
self-image and identity,
which resembles cigarette advertising," the researchers
"As ownership increases, mobile phones will become
essential for membership of peer groups that organise their
social life on the move and by means of mobile phones,"
British Medical Journal
November 4, 2000; 321: 1155