The researchers found a relationship between levels of impulsivity and materialism, and how likely the students were to express dependence on instant messaging or cell-phone use.
According to researchers at the Baylor University and Seton Hall University the urges that drive cell phone and instant messaging addiction may be the same as those driving shopping addiction.
"At first glance, one might have the tendency to dismiss such aberrant cell phone use as merely youthful nonsense -- a passing fad," study researcher James Roberts, Ph.D., a professor of marketing at Baylor University, said in a statement. "But an emerging body of literature has given increasing credence to cell phone addiction and similar behavioral addictions."
The findings which were published in the Journal of Behavioral Addiction are based on questionnaire results from 191 college students. The questionnaires were meant to assess the students' levels of impulsivity and materialism, as well as possible addiction to instant messaging and cell-phone use, using a metric called the Mobile Phone and Instant Messaging Addictive Tendencies Scale.
According to another study, Americans check their phones once an hour -- atleast -- and nearly three out of four said that losing their phone would make them feel "panicked." The fear of being out of contact with someone via mobile phone is called "nomophobia."
If you think you have cellphone addiction and what to get rid of it, read Here's how to get rid of smartphone addiction.