Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Being Addicted To Your Cell Phone.

From here.


You gave it a pet name. It knows more about you than your mother does. Sometimes you even sleep with it. In fact, you're so attached to it that being separated for only a few minutes could send you into a panic.

Watching people who get their first smartphone, there's a very quick progression from having a basic phone you don't talk about to people who love their iPhone, name their phone and buy their phones outfits," said Lisa Merlo, director of psychotherapy training at the University of Florida.

Merlo, a clinical psychologist, said she's observed a number of behaviors among smartphone users that she labels "problematic." Among them, Merlo says some patients pretend to talk on the phone or fiddle with apps to avoid eye contact or other interactions at a bar or a party. Others are so genuinely engrossed in their phones that they ignore the people around them completely.

"The more bells and whistles the phone has," she says, "the more likely they are to get too attached."

Michelle Hackman, a recent high school graduate in Long Island, NY, won a $75,000 prize in this year's Intel Science Talent Search with a research project investigating teens' attachment to their cell phones. She found that students separated from their phones were under-stimulated -- a low heart rate was an indicator -- and lacked the ability to entertain themselves.

I can relate... I had dinner at a friends house, and, after walking in, I realized that I had forgot my phone in my truck. I felt naked, and immediately walked out of conversation with good company to get it. I might have a problem. :)

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