New study examines impact of smartphone addiction

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Are you addicted to your smartphone? Do you spend hours every day surfing the web, making calls and sending txts from your handheld device?

If that sounds like you then you might be interested in a new book from Larry Rosen, professor of psychology at California State University.

iDisorder: Understanding Our Obsession With Technology and Overcoming Its Hold on Us, examines the impact of wireless mobile devices - or WMD's as Mr Rosen refers to them - on people.

"We're in the middle of a grand experiment here. We're at the early stages of understanding a society that carries the world in its pocket," said Mr Rosen in an interview with the Independent (June 19). 

"It's good - you can always connect with someone - but it also means you're there, 24 hours a day... Our brains have not developed to be constantly engaged like this."

Frequently checking your emails or making phone calls can be expensive, especially if you are not on the best mobile plan to suit your needs.

If you think you might be suffering from smartphone addiction, you might like to consider a price comparison check to ensure you are getting a good deal.

But in addition to cost of living increases Mr Rosen also argues that an over reliance on your mobile could lead to personality disorders such as anxiety, narcissism or social phobia.

He suggests that people who think smartphone addiction might actually be adversely affecting their lives should try and reduce the amount of time they spend with their mobile.

Next time you feel the urge to send off a quick text message, it could be worth going outside and experiencing nature or hanging out with friends in person. Your smartphone will be waiting when you get back.

Posted by Eve Gillespie