Psychologists say smart phone addiction more common now

Psychologist Mary Catherine Riner said with today's world of modern technology it's a lot easier to get hooked on your phone. Jennifer Munoz (WGXA)

MACON, Ga. -- Do you find yourself glued to your phone throughout the day? Health experts have now said smartphone addiction is a real condition.

On average people spend close to 5 hours a day on their smart phones according to Statistic.

Shantira Mosley from Macon said she spends up to 7 hours a day on her phone.

"Throughout the day I never put my phone down, it's with social media, it's just so much to do and it's just right in your hand," Mosley said.

Mosley is hooked and she said she has tried to cut back.

"When we try to go out and eat we'll try to put our phones down, but it doesn't really work because somebody ends up getting a call or someone will get an important message," Mosley said.

Psychologist, Mary Catherine Riner said Mosley is not alone. Smartphone addiction is becoming more and more common.

"People feel like they need more and more of an app or a program or looking and checking their phone and they develop a tolerance and they need more and more to get that need met," Riner said.

Like other addictions, this one doesn't discriminate.

"Individuals of all ages, sex, ethnicity, can all struggle with that dependency on their smart phone," Riner said.

Riner said the biggest sign of addiction is no socializing because you'd rather spend time on your phone.

"Smartphone addiction may reduce contact with other people in their lives, so they may start to isolate and withdraw, they may not sleep as much because they are kind of attached to the phone, they may skip meals," Riner said.

If you think you are suffering from smart phone addiction Riner said the best way to combat the urge to pick up your phone is by setting up limits.

"By setting boundaries at home, you know having smart phone free zones and times, so from 7 o'clock to 9 o'clock, at least no one gets out their phone but rather you have a conversation," Riner said.

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