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Posted: Tuesday, 08 July 2014 7:48AM

Cell phone addiction?



Do you know someone who is addicted to their cell phone?

"Mobile addictions will be on the rise and an issue as we continue with technology," said New Orleans licensed professional counselor, Tricia Brown.  "We probably will see more of a rise in it."

So how can you tell if you are a "mobile addict?"

"What makes an addiction different, is even though they're having consequences - like maybe relationships are ending or they could be texting in the car and get in a car wreck," explained Brown.  "Even if there are consequences, someone who's using their phone a lot will stop but someone with the addiction can't stop, and the consequences continue."

Brown does have some advice.

"One should not try to fix it on your own, but reach out and ask other people for help," she noted.     

According to an April Flurry Analytics report that looked at 500,000 apps used on 1.3 billion devices, the category of people addicted to cell phones grew a whopping 123 percent from March 2013 to March 2014.  

One psychologist suggests every now and then you should do a digital detox to bring back that balance for that personal, face to face contact with people. 

Another sign of addiction could be overspending to a point where people are sacrificing other important things to pay their phone and app bills.

Critics complain that many mass consumer apps are designed to suck time and money from users, particularly gaming modeled toward using microtransactions to drive revenue. 

Photo credit Lord Jim via flickr

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