Americans Have a New Addiction That May Be Stronger Than Caffeine or Alcohol — And You May Be Using It Right Now

Aug 12, 2011  •  Post A Comment

Americans have a new addiction, according to a recent study, with more than half of respondents saying they’d rather give up alcohol, caffeine or chocolate for a week before giving up their smartphones, reports the Los Angeles Times’ Technology blog.

The reliance on smartphones is the subject of a survey from TeleNav. The study found that iPhone users were the most addicted and were more likely than Android or BlackBerry users to spend a week without their significant other, exercise or shoes rather than give up their devices.

One-third of the people surveyed said they would rather give up sex for a week than give up their mobile phones. Of this group, 70% were women.

Related studies have produced similar results. People who gave up 24 hours of Internet usage described the experience as similar to kicking a cigarette or alcohol habit, according to British company Intersperience, the story notes. Another survey, from the University of Maryland, found that college students forced into an Internet or media blackout displayed withdrawal symptoms, the story says.

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