An article looked at research by Sara O’Donnell, a clinical psychology doctoral student working in pediatrics
, that found that college students would rather go without food than without their phones. “As part of a recent experiment, 76 UB students, ages 18 to 22, were deprived of their smartphone or food. Afterward, participants could earn time with their smartphone or 100-calorie servings of a favorite snack by completing a computer task…. Ultimately, the researchers found that students were much more motivated to earn time on their smartphone and were willing to spend more hypothetical money to gain access to their phone,” the article notes.