May 5, 2006

Mobiles 'as addictive as smoking'

Mobile-phone users who spend most of their waking hours glued to a handset may have to call a therapist after a study found they were as addictive as smoking and junk food. [via News.Scotsman.com]

"The heaviest mobile users even display the typical signs of "cold turkey" drug withdrawal - anxiety, restlessness and even panic - when parted from their phones.

The psychological cost of excessive mobile phone use was highlighted in a study published yesterday by Queensland University in Australia.

Diana James, the academic who led the study, said: "Mobile phone addiction is going to surpass internet addiction because at least you can walk away from your computer."

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-- Spain. Warning: Mobile phones are addictive

-- UK. Cell Phones the Newest Teen Addiction

-- Is your SMS Habit a Symptom?

-- World SMS mania hits Russian teenagers

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