What?  I can get addicted to my cell phone?  Just recently Baylor University did a study and published it in the Journal of Behavioral Addictions.  The study author, James Roberts said, “Cell phones are a part of our consumer culture.  They are not just a consumer tool, but are used as a status symbol.  They’re also eroding our personal relationships.”  I can see that is true with children who have cell phones they are in the phone at the dinner table and all other places you can be with them in the family setting.  This study that was done found that materialism and impulsiveness drive cell phone addiction.  Here are some big words for you….Cell phones are used as part of the conspicuous consumption ritual and also act as a pacifier for the impulsive tendencies of the user, this according to the report.  These impulsive tendencies plays an important role in both behavioral and substance addictions.  These addictions are very similar. Help with addictions can be found at drug rehab websites.

Studies have shown in the past that young adults send an average of 109.5 text messages a day or about 3,200 texts each month.  They receive an additional 113 text messages and check their cell 60 times in a typical day and one average, college students spend about seven hours daily interacting with information and communication technology.  So we all look at this information and think this is just youthful nonsense or just a passing fad.  But no evidence is showing increasing credence to cell phone addiction and similar behavior addictions.  The information for this study comes from self-report surveys of 191 business students at two US Universities.  These cell phones are used by about ninety percent of college students and they are not just useful tools they are more important to us than that.  These cell phones are accessible at any time and sometimes they are used during class.  They give us an “ever expanding array of functions” and that my friend makes their use or over use most likely.  If you talk with anyone you will find out that their feelings toward their cell phones is “would be disastrous to their social lives if they lost their Cell Phones”.

This all goes back to behaviors in our lives and it does tie into substance abuse.  We do come up with all sorts of interesting things to keep us busy.  Whether it is too much alcohol, too much drugs and too much cell phone.

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