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Are You Hooked on Technology?

Despite all the advantages we’ve gained from modern technology, it seems that many of us have carried things too far. The first clue might have been when people at a family dinner spend more of their time checking their cell phones rather than enjoying each other’s company.

Chronic technology use can actually amount to an addiction or a phobia. Do you break out in a sweat when you are beyond the reach of someone with a mobile phone? Some people do. This condition is known as nomophobia. 

Nomophobia is short for “no-mobile-phone phobia. According to Psychology Today, a UK study from 2010 determined that about 53 percent of mobile phone users felt anxiety when they lost their mobile phone, drained their battery, or got beyond network coverage. People like having answers right at their fingertips these days.A smaller study from Iowa suggested that people felt annoyed or inadequate when they couldn’t Google answers to their questions right away. Also, according to Today.com, people feel insecure when they are unable to text, and they get aggravated when they can’t complete a simple job on their own that they always did with a smartphone.

A smaller study from Iowa suggested that people felt annoyed or inadequate when they couldn’t Google answers to their questions right away. Also, according to Today.com, people feel insecure when they are unable to text, and they get aggravated when they can’t complete a simple job on their own that they always did with a smartphone.

Findings said people felt a disconnect from their online persona without their phones. Other people are so tied to their phones that they think it is ringing when it is not. This is known as phantom vibration syndrome when a person thinks their phone is actually vibrating in their pocket. The condition has also been called “fauxcellarm”and “ringxiety.” Various studies have found between about 70 and 90 percent of the people affected by the syndrome.Along with that, we’ve been hearing more and more about “pedtextrians,” who you might call distracted walkers. Pedtextrians are people who walk into something, like traffic, because they are so distracted by their smartphones.

Along with that, we’ve been hearing more and more about “pedtextrians,” who you might call distracted walkers. Pedtextrians are people who walk into something, like traffic, because they are so distracted by their smartphones.

The National Safety Council has added these people to its annual list of unintentional accidents or deaths. Perhaps the most well-known incident came when an Indiana man was taking pictures at Sunset Cliffs in California. He was so distracted by getting the right photo with his device that he fell off the cliff to his death. Meanwhile, other people turn to their smartphones to lift their spirits and improve their moods.

According to Android Authority, a Baylor University study finds that they depend on their phones, sort of like a drug addiction. The research showed that many smartphone addicts ignore their personal, work, and social obligations to spend more time on the phone.That’s when you turn to the Center for Internet and Technology Addiction. Dr. David Greenfield, the assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine founded the Center. According to virtual-addiction.com, Greenfield’s Center treats the Internet and personal device addictions, along with dependence on gaming, gambling, and social media. The Center offers two-day and five-day intensive accelerated treatment programs.

That’s when you turn to the Center for Internet and Technology Addiction. Dr. David Greenfield, the assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine founded the Center. According to virtual-addiction.com, Greenfield’s Center treats the Internet and personal device addictions, along with dependence on gaming, gambling and social media. The Center offers two-day and five-day intensive accelerated treatment programs.Greenfield’s programs help patients understand the addictive patterns of their behavior, and how to devise strategies to control the specific problem. You won’t have any of these conditions if you exercise moderation. And most definitely, no phone call or text is worth wandering aimlessly into traffic. Tech responsibly.

Greenfield’s programs help patients understand the addictive patterns of their behavior, and how to devise strategies to control the specific problem. You won’t have any of these conditions if you exercise moderation. And most definitely, no phone call or text is worth wandering aimlessly into traffic. Tech responsibly.