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Are You Addicted to Your Smartphone?

Smartphone Addiction

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  • On average, people check their smartphones 150 times a day, or every six minutes, 46 percent say they couldn’t live without them and many prefer texting over real-life conversations
  • Experts say that without time away from your phone, your nervous system stays in fight-or-flight mode, making you both wired and tired all the time
  • PBS’s documentary “Web Junkie” reveals the screen addiction of youth in China who play video games around the clock without eating, sleeping or using the bathroom, and who see the real world as fake
  • Setting personal limits such as no phone use at mealtime and limiting posts on social media to a few times a week may help get your (real) life back, and be the example your kids need for setting healthy boundaries

By Dr. Mercola

You’ve seen it many times: A family taking their seats in a restaurant, then one by one pulling out their individual cellphones to examine until the food comes, after which they check their phones repeatedly as they’re eating.


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