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Cell Phone Addiction: A New Epidemic

Cell Phone Addiction: A New Epidemic

Research indicates that 66 percent of people across the United States and Britain suffer from something called nomophobia, which is the fear of being separated from their mobile phones. As the information age develops and matures, unhealthy cell phone behavior continues to grow. Tens of millions of people are literally addicted to their cell phones, especially smartphones, and feel panicked, anxious and afraid when deprived of their devices. Some argue that cell phones, computers, and other high … Read entire article »

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The Often Overlooked Benefits of Text Messaging

  Dec 3, 2012 marked the 20th anniversary of text messaging. In 1993, the first SMS (Short Messaging Service) message was sent by 22-year-old engineer Neil Papworth, to Richard Jarvis, an executive at British telecom Vodafone. It was sent on the hefty Orbitel 901 handset, and simply read “Merry Christmas”. (Isaacson) Good tidings aside, SMS messaging seems to be the gift that keeps on giving. In 2011, Americans sent an estimated 2.3 trillion text messages. It’s hard to fathom the meteoric rise that text messaging and cell phone usage has taken in the past 20 years. It has become embedded in the ways we communicate as a society and recently has become more popular than calling, especially for today’s teenagers. The average American sends 678 texts a month, which averages almost 23 messages … Read entire article »

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Sexting Epidemic Amongst Teens and Young Adults On The Rise

Sexting, which is defined as texting words, images or videos with sexual content that contains ‘raunchy’ wording, nudity or someone performing a sexual act, is becoming an increasingly popular means for young people to connect with each other.  Advances in technology often bring with them unintended negative consequences, and sexting has opened up channels for abuse. MTV recently conducted 1,355 interviews for their campaign, ‘A Thin Line,’ asking participants aged 14-24 about sexting.  Here are some of the results: 13 percent admitted to having sent a naked picture of themselves to someone else. Of these people, 61 percent report to having been pressured into sending the picture at least once. Of those who have sent a picture: 59 percent sent the picture to a boyfriend or girlfriend. 24 percent sent the picture to someone they … Read entire article »

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Text Messages Are Proving Effective to Aid Quitting

  In recent news, a review of studies published by Cochrane Collaboration shows that text messages are proving helpful to cigarette smokers trying to kick the habit.  The results of this new analysis indicate that, with help from text messages, prospective quitters are doubling their likelihood of success.  Supportive messages sent via text serve as reminders to their recipients of why it’s worth quitting. A total of five studies involving 9,000 people were compiled.  Participants began with an online support system to establish their goals and setting target dates.  Once they started quitting, they received as many as several text messages a day.  Some of the messages were automated, meaning they came from a computer, and contained either motivational messages or quitting advice.  In one of the studies, smokers received links to … Read entire article »

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