Cell Phone Addiction

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Does Cell Phone Addiction Exist?
Miriam Smith
Towson University

Abstract
As of 2012, almost everybody owns some form of technological device. These devices are accessible to all types of people, there is no discrimination. It has become more popular over the years through the expansion of smartphones. Cameras, music, social networking apps and practically anything you can imagine have become accessible at anytime, anywhere. With one tap, you can update your status, send a tweet, and send a picture or text. It’s convenient that it is so easy to stay connected but it has become detrimental. In this paper, I will address four different research studies, relating to cell phone addiction, and excessive cell phone use. These studies will show the effects and results of how cell phone use can affect one, physically, emotionally and academically.

Does Cell Phone Addiction Exist?
As the technological revolution continues to spread and prosper, the more people become more dependent upon these technological devices. Ranging from 12 inch wide LCD laptop screens to 5 inch wide touch operated IPod screens, these devices are owned by all kinds of people. From the rich to the poor, the young to the old, American’s to New Zealanders. The most popular and considered to be the most convenient technology of them all is the handheld cell phone. Originally, cell phones were used strictly for making calls and texting. As of 2012, your average smartphone, not only makes text and calls, but can also update a status on Facebook in under 5 seconds, stream live music, surf the internet and even video chat with friends and family. Smartphones come with pre downloaded and downloadable software, known as APPS, or an application. These APPS can range from the simplest things, such as a calculator to a severe hurricane tracker. There are over 100,000 free apps, and 200,000 on the IPhone market place. There is literally an app for everything.

Given that smartphones make it so easy to access just about anything, there is no surprise one would feel the need to use it often. Some would even say it would be very difficult for them to go a day without using their cell phone. This raises concerns amongst psychologists and researchers do to the potential risk of becoming addicted. Addiction is the excessive use and dependency on a mood altering substance or activity. Symptoms of addiction include; withdrawal, anxiety, and or depression. These are very serious health issues, as well, that have an extreme effect on personal relationships, academic success, and even one’s own personal perspective on themselves. It is especially very detrimental to the younger age groups of people that use a cell phone. Children go through the early developmental stages at the earliest age of two and going to eighteen. The use of mobile phones in schools reduces the concentration of the students during class (Hiscock, 2004; Selwyn, 2003). Definition of Topic

“Addiction is a primary, chronic disease involving brain reward, motivation, memory and related circuitry; it can lead to relapse, progressive development, and the potential for fatality if not treated. While pathological use of alcohol and, more recently, psychoactive substances have been accepted as addictive diseases, developing brain science has set the stage for inclusion of the process addictions, including food, sex, shopping and gambling problems, in a broader definition of addiction as set forth by the American Society of Addiction Medicine in 2011 (Smith, 2012).” In the most recent years, such addictions to technology have become more popular. One common addiction is Cell Phone Addiction (CPA). CPA is most prominent in young adults, teenage girls to be exact.

It has become more popular over the years through the expansion of smartphones. Cameras, music, social networking apps and practically anything you can imagine have become accessible at anytime, anywhere. With one tap, you can update your...
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