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October 6, 2012

Zap your cell phone addiction

Can you hold on a second? I need to send a text.

Okay, I'm ready.

It's been said that we live in an addictive society; everyone is addicted to something. In fact, I recently read an article in Psychology Today on how addicted this society is to being addicted - true story.

In fact, there are very few things out there that are not addictive. Applause, bottled water, Harry Potter, and cinnamon toothpicks all made the long list of possible dangerous addictions.

Society is so addicted to addiction, television shows about addicted people have been created and now people are addicted to watching them. That's a vicious cycle.

The latest, most fashionable addiction to have is "nomophobia" - the fear of being without one's cell phone. "Experts" explain that the anxiety felt by those suffering from nomophobia is on par with wedding day jitters and trips to the dentist. No word on who these experts are, but it sounds like there may be a few people addicted to making up addictions.

Oh, that's good. I need to tweet that. Hold on.

Okay, where was I?

One recent study (conducted by "experts") found that 66 percent of people suffer from nomophobia. This study made national news, of course, since the media is also addicted to addiction, especially if children are involved. And trust me, if there is no evidence that children are involved, they will dig until they find a child that is. Thus photos are cropping up on the Internet of a woman dropping her baby but managing to hold on to her phone. She did not even take the phone away from her ear as she scooped the child off the sidewalk. Yes, this is horrid, but what is also horrid is that the person taking the photo saw what was happening and opted to grab his phone and take a photo rather than step in and try to help save the baby and/or snatch the phone out of the woman's hand and slap her with it.

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