Text messaging may be the newest form of addiction!
We tote our iPhones, LGs and BlackBerrys with us so we can contact anyone, anywhere, any time so we can be reached instantly. According to a recent survey, 138 million Americans have sent a text message in the past three months. 2.5 billion text messages are sent each day in the USA. The cell phone, in fact, is the most desired personal item today.
But have mobile devices become too much of a good thing? While they provide constant access to people and information, they also make us more anxious and demanding. There's no excuse anymore for missing a call, e-mail or text message. And a network glitch can wreck your entire day. "When you're having a text conversation and the service drops, it's like your whole world has ended," says a 19 year old college student. What are the rules with texting? Do you text that person you just met at the club the same night? Is texting the best way to introduce yourself? How about "sexting", are you sending sexually explicit messages?
These aren't the questions of an isolated few, but of the mobile majority. Our phones have become such a big part of how we're able to function that it begs the question: Are we addicted to our cells?
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