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A Closer Look At App Addiction


Is Facebook, texting, Twitter and Instagram just a click away? Studies are showing being wired all the time is causing some of us to become addicted to our phones. Having so many apps on our phones is why psychologists say more and more of us are becoming addicted.

"I use it quite a lot, "says Edwin Moore, "As soon as I get up, until the time I go to bed."

"I use it every single day. It's always with me, I never leave it anywhere, and it's always in my pocket or in my hand," adds Kali Unruch.

We drive, we walk, and we even work all while keeping our phones close to us.

"It's a smart phone, so why not use it. It's smart, fast, and you got to keep up with the apps now days," adds Moore.

"Just in case something does happen, it's definitely a good link to have," says Unruch.

But, are our cell phones getting the best of us? In some cases psychologists say, yes.

"When those behaviors begin to interfere with functions and become a problem all themselves, then they begin to move into the area of a disorder," says Dr. Sam Moreno, a Clinical Psychologist at the Robert Young Center.

Nomophobia or cell phone addiction happens when people get anxious about not having their cell phones.

"This probably falls more in terms of an anxiety disorder," adds Dr. Moreno, "We have to live with and it generates anxiety that interferes with our daily functioning."

People experience anxiety when they feel like they're missing out, because they don't have text messaging or social media in the palm of their hand.

"It's probably younger people in general that are connected to the internet," says Dr. Moreno, "With all the social platforms we have an expectation that we're all connected."

Our cell phones start to interfere when we pay more attention to our gadget instead of people.

"When their loved ones might point out to them, I'm trying to have a conversation with you and you're checking your phone, they might identify this is a problem," adds Dr. Moreno.

Constantly checking cell phones seems to be common with people who have smart phones.

 "Sometimes I don't really even need the computer, because I have the internet on my phone. It's like my phone is my computer and it keeps me connected to the world," says Terez Haskins.

Those with phones that only text and make calls have an easier time disconnecting.

"It's more personal being in person with people, instead of texting them all day," says Beth Calcote, "You actually have to make an effort and go talk to them."

"Some people use a smart phone to get on the internet and check Facebook all the time. Whereas if somebody else has a regular phone, they're just going to check text messages every once in a while," adds Kyle Lookingbill."

There is no cure for Nomophobia. Psychologists say the best thing you can do is disconnect. If you use your phone less the anxiety you feel about not having you cell phone will eventually go away.

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