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Study Shows Smartphone Addiction Is Rising

April 23, 2014, 6:09 PM by Sammi Bjelland

Study Shows Smartphone Addiction Is Rising

Are smartphones becoming a problem?

A new study says more people are addicted to their smartphones than ever before. 

If you look around any college campus, you're sure to see plenty of people on their phones.

The number of people who check their phones 60 times a day or more is up 123 percent in just one year, according to a new study from the mobile analytics company, Flurry. These people are being classified as "addicts."

"It certainly, I think, just tells us how really one small thing can take over your life very quickly and it can be something as simple as a smartphone," addiction specialist Leah Rath said. 

Rath is an addiction specialist with Avera Health. She says the need to constantly be connected is a problem for relationships.

While some see the new technology trend as a problem for future generations, not everyone sees the connection as a bad thing.

"We're getting more and more socialized. Like the world expands with technology. It really doesn't surprise me that people are becoming more and more close together and that they're checking their phones so they can see what's happening with all their friends," University Center sophomore Brian Rushing said. 

"I think it could be a little bit of both. I think in one way it might be good because that's getting that information to them a little quicker and readily. I think it could also be bad because it's not allowing people to always think on their own," Ciara Millikan, junior at the University Center, said. 

Either way you look at it, the smartphone obsession doesn't appear to be going anywhere. Rath suggests people learn to balance their real world with the cyber one.

"You need to find time to set it away. Create hobbies and activities that it is ok for you to put it aside and not have to feel so connected," Rath said.

Another study found that people are opening their phones around 110 times a day on average.

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