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"Nomophobia", Are You Afraid To Go Without Your Phone?

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WMDT 47 NEWS - With nine million people bought the new iPhones this weekend, we're seeing that smart phones continue to seep their way into our lives.  A study shows that about *half* of people are actually afraid of not having their cell phone.

Smart phones are more available than ever, and with more of our lives seeming to happen inside these tiny machines, many people actually may be becoming addicted to their phone.

"We have a real thing in this country of people's abuse of the use of electronics," says Mike Hooper, a Salisbury addiction specialist.

Delesha Warren says she sees it all the time, "I know a lot of people who NEED it. They get like, anxiety if they don't have their cell phone."

At some point, the cell phone even become the adult version of the blankie.  According to a British survey, 83 percent of millennials sleep with their cell phones, and the average smart phone user checks their mobile device 34 times a day.
     
The need to be constantly connected has even earned its own name: "nomophobia": the fear of being out of mobile phone contact.

Lisa says "I could do a day, but that's the max I want to do."

But, there is hope.  Behavioral health specialists can treat cell phone addiction, but experts say one of the best way to break the habit is to step away.

Jess Hartland and her husband have a system, "when we go out on dates, we put the phones away 29:23 we have an agreement and we'll start talking about something and we'll like want to go reach for the phone because you want to look something up or whatever and we're like 'no, we can't'."

A smart way to take a break from your smart phone.

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