A new study in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health
shows that children who use cell phones regularly are more likely to have behavioral problems. The review was based on information "from 28,000 7-year-olds and their mothers who took part in a large Danish study that has been tracking 100,000 women who were pregnant between 1996 and 2002," Reuters reported.
The survey also indicated that there may be some correlation between child behavior problems and mothers who use cellphones. Even mothers who used cellphones during pregnancy may impact later negative behavior in their offspring.
Several researchers said it was too early to say whether the results were entirely conclusive.
The report adds to a slew of research and speculation about cellphone use that runs a range from dangerous driving to possible cancer caused by cellular transmissions. While the car accident correlation may have been proved fairly well, data on other problems from handset use is probably more speculative.
A relationship between childhood misbehavior and cellphone use? On the face of it, who would be surprised?