U.S: In a survey of more than 3,400 people taking degrees in the US, those who said they had problems with the amount of time they spent on their phones also reported having more sexual partners.
Researchers from the University of Chicago, University of Cambridge, and the University of Minnesota developed the Health and Addictive Behaviours Survey.
Its aim was to assess mental health and wellbeing among university students and to see what impact mobile phones had on them.
According to BBC News, the studies found that the proportion of students reporting two or more sexual partners in the past 12 months was significantly higher among those also reporting overuse of mobile phones – 37.4% compared with 27.2% who reported no problem use.
The proportion with six or more sexual partners was more than double among those who said they overused their smartphones.
One of the authors and an honorary consultant psychiatrist at the University of Cambridge, Dr. Sam Chamberlain said, the reasons for this are difficult to pinpoint and are likely to be varied.
“It could be that people are using smartphones to date via apps, but they also might be neglecting more normal relationships because of overuse of their phones,” he said.
“The strongest finding was that people reporting problematic use of their phones were also more likely to have the trait of impulsiveness, and this could also play a part in the number of sexual partners they have.
“If this was a healthy thing we’d expect to see better self-esteem and less mental health issues but the opposite was the case,” he added. – BBC News