November 30, 2012
Compulsive Cell Phone Use Similar to Other Consumer ‘Addictions’
New research suggests that compulsive cell phone and instant messaging use are similar to compulsive buying and credit card misuse. Psych Central reports
In the study, Baylor University researchers link materialism and impulsiveness to what they refer to as cell phone and IT “addictions.”
The study has been published in the Journal of Behavioral Addictions.
Behavioral addictions such as compulsive cell phone use or pathological gambling are not currently diagnoses in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), the primary diagnostic reference manual of mental illness used by psychiatrists, psychologists and other mental health workers. A new version of the DSM is expected in 2013, and many observers expect that one or more behavioral addictions may be added.
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