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Are You Addicted to Your Cell Phone?

Living 2011/02/16 20:00:00
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Imagine this: you're out and about having a wonderful afternoon when you suddenly realize something. You left your cell phone at home.

Did you just have a minor heart palpitation? So did we.

We don't really know when cell phones became so addicting but have come to accept the fact that by now, we're full-fledged fiends.

In fact, a recent study found that cell phone addiction is much like pathological gambling. Yikes -- we don't even gamble!

If you feel uncomfortable without a cell, you text message more than you see your friends or check your phone for missed calls on a minute-to-minute basis, chances are you're addicted too.

The upside? You're just a phone call away from getting help.


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  • Archer ~ The Limit Break of... 2011/02/17 17:48:39
    No
    Archer ~ The Limit Break of PHAET
    +4
    I like having my cell phone with me, don't get me wrong. Long trips, the cell is a must-have.

    But the only reason I'd lament accidentally leaving it at home is if I know a friend is going to try to get in touch with me that day. Considering I have few friends that bother contacting me via cell, though (most stick to email, it's easier to get a hold of me that way)?

    Even my computer ... while I admit that I have a love-affair with it (the intellectual kind, not physical, you sickos), I've been without it for 2 weeks without going through withdrawl symptoms. It simply makes my life easier and more entertaining.

    But I'm a book worm, I love going outdoors, and I have a life outside of my electronic world.

    Would I miss my computer and cell phone if I was without it for longer periods of time? Yeah, probably. But I'd get on with my life. I have before, and I will again if it comes to that.

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  • Stephanie 2012/07/08 23:16:41
    Yes
    Stephanie
    I'm trying to do something about it but it's just so hard! For me, I don't really text or call people a lot, but I'm always on apps like instagram or reading articles. :/
  • svc100 2011/10/05 22:09:15
    Yes
    svc100
    I'm shamefully and admittedly addicted to my phone :( I always have to have it with me, I get told off for having it out in my classes, I'm not even on it I just have to fiddle with it :S If I leave it at home I feel like I'm missing a massive part of me and have this little panic moment and I don't let ANYONE ever ever touch my phone ever ever! If someone is trying to confiscate I immediately get paranoid over it... My phone was stolen a couple a months ago, I got it back, (ironically I'm typing this on it...) But it was very battered after I kept it all nice and new looking and the sim card was snapped etc. Is what some people call my 'addiction' an addiction? Or does it relate to the fact it got stolen and now I have this ocd thing about it?
  • ghostrider 2011/09/10 19:22:22
    No
    ghostrider
    no but i am addicted to.... addicted youtube and... addicted sodahead
  • Kelly Pixie Shadow 2011/03/04 20:10:47
    Yes
    Kelly Pixie Shadow
    deff..!!!!
  • Faariha 2011/02/20 19:32:25
    No
    Faariha
    I do not own one and even if I did, I won't be addicted to it, because the only thing I'm addicted to is the book.
  • nurul.hikma0 2011/02/18 04:31:02
    No
    nurul.hikma0
    I am addicted to my girlfriend. addicted girlfriend
  • Alexander Ward 2011/02/17 22:34:34
  • MR. GREEN 2011/02/17 22:13:25
  • wpsark 2011/02/17 21:53:34 (edited)
    No
    wpsark
    If it wasn't for my job, I wouldn't even own one...If it's that important, the people who really need to contact me know where I work and live..
  • carriefan13 2011/02/17 21:33:39
    No
    carriefan13
    +1
    It's not good to be addicted to anything
  • Hiccup 2011/02/17 21:09:00
    Yes
    Hiccup
    +1
    And my ipod. and laptop.
  • Christi 2011/02/17 20:32:12
    No
    Christi
    +1
    I only have one and 120 minutes last me over three months

    I'm Addicted to.......
    120 minutes addicted Addicted sodahead
  • Yes
    ♥Bribri♥ ~Killjoy!~ IchLiebeDichCody(: {08.13.09}
    Well..not really my cell phone...just the person who i need my cell phone to text <3
  • hulk1234 2011/02/17 20:22:47
    Yes
    hulk1234
    A little, yeah. If I'm being honest.
  • Jaci 2011/02/17 20:18:20
    No
    Jaci
    I often ignore my phone and leave the house without it. That's not exactly the point of a cell phone though. It's supposed to go with you.
  • HanasakeruJyuGintama 2011/02/17 19:58:36
    Yes
    HanasakeruJyuGintama
    +1
    The invention of the cell phone has become my life and and mine. It's just that when I need to talk to someone, my phone is always there to be used plus I use it for socializing on Facebook because of the unlimited internet I have.
  • Sing.1497 2011/02/17 19:54:34
    Yes
    Sing.1497
    Interenet, cellphone, tv. Ttly addicted. xD
  • UndeadZander 2011/02/17 19:45:14
    Yes
    UndeadZander
    sadly, yes i am, i have 2 have my cell wit me or i go crazy
  • katie_nara 2011/02/17 19:07:44
    Yes
    katie_nara
    well im not exactly addicted but i like being in contact with others when im alone in my room...but when i go out i focus on my friends ....i think its really rude to text while your out with your friends its like your ignoring them for someone else and thats the worst...
  • tasha1989 2011/02/17 18:04:33
    No
    tasha1989
    +1
    I have a pay as you go tariff so If I haven't got credit I only use it for incoming calls. I suppose you can't get addicted like that. Plus, if I leave my phone at home, I'm relieved, because it means nobody's going to be harrassing me on it whilst I'm out and about..lol.
  • melly~thwarting Satan since... 2011/02/17 17:53:45
    No
    melly~thwarting Satan since 1971
    +1
    I do forget it all the time. But I'm pretty fond of it when I have it on me.
  • Archer ~ The Limit Break of... 2011/02/17 17:48:39
    No
    Archer ~ The Limit Break of PHAET
    +4
    I like having my cell phone with me, don't get me wrong. Long trips, the cell is a must-have.

    But the only reason I'd lament accidentally leaving it at home is if I know a friend is going to try to get in touch with me that day. Considering I have few friends that bother contacting me via cell, though (most stick to email, it's easier to get a hold of me that way)?

    Even my computer ... while I admit that I have a love-affair with it (the intellectual kind, not physical, you sickos), I've been without it for 2 weeks without going through withdrawl symptoms. It simply makes my life easier and more entertaining.

    But I'm a book worm, I love going outdoors, and I have a life outside of my electronic world.

    Would I miss my computer and cell phone if I was without it for longer periods of time? Yeah, probably. But I'd get on with my life. I have before, and I will again if it comes to that.
  • ryuu khan 2011/02/17 17:45:12
    No
    ryuu khan
    +1
    wtf i don't even have a phone let alone a computer to my self lol
  • Princess 2011/02/17 17:16:55
    Yes
    Princess
    I can't function without it.
  • 11 Phenomenon - eNews 2011/02/17 16:57:46
    No
    11 Phenomenon - eNews
    +1
    No, but way too many people are. We have a society of people walking around with a security blanket all the time. From the poll results I see most are in denial.
  • AndyWolf 2011/02/17 16:42:30
    No
    AndyWolf
    +1
    I do carry mine everywhere. I won't lie. Back in my army days, you had to have one on you. But sometimes, I like to leave it if I am taking a short hop somewhere in town. Worst comes to worst, I always have a CB and emergency beacon in my Wrangler if something goes wrong.
    Other than that, I don't take it out of my pocket much.
    Also, I dislike smart phones. I got a tough phone, simply for the fact that I can't destroy it. I don't want to be glued to an iphone all day.
  • GaPch 2011/02/17 16:39:28
    No
    GaPch
    +1
    I gave up cell phones due to health concerns.
  • Hanasak... GaPch 2011/02/17 20:02:21
    HanasakeruJyuGintama
    +1
    what was your health concern?
  • MsStretch GaPch 2011/02/19 02:17:54
    MsStretch
    I'm curious too! What kinda' "health concerns" you would have that would cause you to give up a cell phone?
  • GaPch MsStretch 2011/02/23 20:42:19
    GaPch
    +1
    http://search.mercola.com/Res...

    Check it out... Cell phones are the new cigarettes.
  • i quit 2011/02/17 16:17:45
    No
    i quit
    +1
    In fact, I've often left my house and gotten to all the way to work before I realized I didn't have my cell phone with me and it didn't bother me at all. It was actually a breath of fresh air. I don't like being easily reached by everyone but unfortunately life and work dictate that I have it.
  • ~Goddess of Passion*Pain*Pl... 2011/02/17 16:11:36
    No
    ~Goddess of Passion*Pain*Pleasure~
    +2
    I don't have a cell phone and I don't like talking on the phone.
  • Mrs. V 2011/02/17 16:08:28
    No
    Mrs. V
    +1
    I have a Tracfone just for emergencies.
  • bub 2011/02/17 15:46:58
    No
    bub
    +2
    it's just a phone....
  • xy 2011/02/17 15:41:21
    No
    xy
    +1
    nope...not really ...I don't use it quite often just if I wanna call someone well but pritty much I do that when I'm on comuter like just sent an email and stuff...=)...sometimes I even forget I have it =)...
  • Job 2011/02/17 15:18:51
    No
    Job
    +1
    I Don't Have a cell phone. But I do get annoyed with people with cell phones stuck in their ear, specially when driving.
  • MsStretch Job 2011/02/19 02:18:39
    MsStretch
    Driving...I agree.
  • 2226693 2011/02/17 15:18:26
  • Hanasak... 2226693 2011/02/17 20:03:37
    HanasakeruJyuGintama
    +1
    I agree...especially make an order that would stop cell phone production!
  • A7XfoREVerXX 2011/02/17 15:06:52

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