Cell Phone Addiction
There's a new type of addiction on the rise and chances are it's already in your pocket.
Common Sense Media is a San Francisco based nonprofit that focuses on the effects of media and technology on children. Recently it surveyed 1240 people about their use of cell phones and found that 59% of children between 12 and 18 are addicted to their devices.
They told the organization that they couldn't imagine not having their phones and say they can't go an hour without checking it. In addition to that, most say they feel pressured to respond to any text messages or social media alerts as soon as they get them. And it's not just children, about the same amount of parents said they also have trouble staying away from their phones.
Now it's causing some turmoil inside the home. Bills are going up and families are spending less time talking and more time texting. But despite the conflict people say they refuse to quit. Sounds like the war on cell phones might be a hard one to win.