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Shutting Down Smartphone Addiction

Addiction comes in many forms. Some may immediately picture the down-and-out addict, life destroyed by opiates and wallowing in the gutter in need of treatment and support, but new technologies have allowed the same beast to shift shapes and take root in places we may never expect. One of the most rapidly-growing classes of addiction can be broadly termed “technology addictions,” but the most ubiquitous mechanism for this is the smartphone.

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Smartphones Could Drive Teen Internet Addiction

First there were big and clunky desktop home computers. Monitoring how much time a child spent on the computer was not hard since, in many cases, the entire family were sharing one terminal. Then came the laptop and cell phone craze and it got a little harder to control how much time teens were spending online. Today a huge number of teens have their own smartphones, making it possible for them to interact online 24 hours a day. Teens are already spending around one-fifth of each day online and experts warn that Internet addiction could drive those numbers higher.
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Addicted to the Media

We live in a media-driven society. Smartphones and other hand-held gadgets are constantly connected to us. Almost every room in many homes has a television mounted on a wall or sitting on a counter or dresser-top. Few people can go any real length of time without turning either one on. We have become addicted to the barrage of images, sounds, and information that is constantly available. Continue Reading

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Smartphone Addiction Can Put Damper on Relationships and Vacations

According to The Miami Herald, when smartphone users increase the frequency of their phone use, the anxiety level and friction surrounding them also increases. This not only affects the user but can affect those around them as well.

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Screen Addiction is a Reality and One that is Growing

Since the television first entered American homes it has been at the center of parent-child disputes. What to watch, how long to watch, even where to watch have been the subject of countless family controversies. Continue Reading

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Internet Addiction Across the Globe

Lots of people enjoy spending time surfing the Internet. Whether checking the news, weather, Facebook or playing Angry Birds, Americans use the Internet to stay connected and just have fun. However, even when it’s only being used recreationally, 82 percent of those surveyed say that they wind up spending much more time online than they initially intended to. For a growing number of people, the amount of time spent online is way out of balance. For such people, the Internet has become a compulsion. Continue Reading

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The Silver Surfer Phenom

According to the U.K. Mail Online, Brits enjoy spending time on the Internet with adults averaging around 15 hours per week face to face with their computer devices of one sort or another. This is 25 percent more online time than they spent as few as six years ago. Continue Reading

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What People Would do Without to Stay on the Internet

Life is all about choices. But what would some people forgo rather than log off the Internet? Well, according to a recent study, chocolate, sex and even daily showers top the list. Continue Reading

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Internet Addiction More Likely in Children Than Adults

Life is more and more centered on the Internet. Social networking sites, with options even for children, have increased in popularity significantly in the past five years. In addition, families can use resources on the Internet to do everything from investing for retirement to shopping for groceries. Continue Reading

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More People are Finding Themselves Addicted to the Internet

Nearly every American has a cell phone. Almost every cell phone or other mobile device has Internet capabilities. It’s no wonder more people are becoming addicted to the web, according to a recent news article. A new public opinion poll states that the good news is that people who smoke or are addicted to alcohol are less likely to become addicted to the Internet. However, the survey shows that about 61 percent still believe they’re addicted. Continue Reading