Am I addicted to my cell phone?
Addiction is evident when an obsession with something disrupts the more important things in life, like personal relationships, schooling, or jobs. People can become addicted to pretty much anything. While teens are far more likely to become addicted to their cell phone, they will become adults and that addiction may still be unresolved. People who are shy and have low self-esteem are more likely to become cellular addicts because, with text messaging, you can make ‘texting friends’ that you never actually have to meet, very much like internet chatting. The cell phone has been dubbed ‘the new cigarette’ and ‘one of the biggest non-drug addictions of the 21st century.’ Psychiatrists consider mobile phone addiction to be an obsessive-compulsive disorder. Mobile phone addiction can totally isolate its victims, ruin them economically and even turn them into criminals. Addicts can easily run up phone bills over $1,000 a month, and, like drug addicts, some turn to crime to pay them. Take this quick assessment to learn more about the warning signs of cell phone addiction and help you determine whether or not you may be a cellular addict.