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Unformatted text preview: But statements like these were the exception. Teens in the focus groups more
commonly described themselves as feeling "lost," "naked" or "exposed" when they are
without their phones. In the words of one high school girl, l I know I never consider myself a person who is constantly on the phone, but then
when I lost it for a couple of days I felt …I felt really exposed. I felt like I was missing
a lot. Because I feel like it becomes almost like a security blanket, you know you can
contact anybody if you have to. You can talk to a friend if you have to and even if
you don ’t, just the idea that you have it there in case you need it. I feel most people
feel really uncomfortable when you don ’t have it. Like, what if my mom was in an
accident, what if she ’s not going to pick me up, what do I do then? I don ’t know
what to do, and so even though I ’m not constantly on it, without it, it is a little
unnerving. More than 4 in 5 teens with cell phones sleep with the phone on
or near the bed.
To explore the how teens manage the deep connection some have with their cell phones,
the survey a...
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- Fall '13