New study: People are literally addicted to their electronics

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By Alicia Barron By Alicia Barron

PHOENIX (Blog) -- I don’t really consider myself an electronics junkie, yet as you can see in the photo, I carry in my purse every day two phones, (1 for work, 1 for personal use), a still camera and a Flip video camera.  At home, I have a TiVo, subscribe to Netflix and regularly download movies and television shows from the internet. 

In my defense, I am vigilant about not using the phone in the car; it makes me crazy to see people weaving in traffic or going too slowly and I see they’re either talking or texting.  Sorry, I just don’t believe people can multi-task without something suffering from the lack of attention.

That said, there are those who are truly addicted to their devices - some to the point that they neglect relationships. 

In a recent study, 200 journalism students from the University of Maryland were asked to give up all of their personal technology -- cold turkey -- for 24 hours.  The students kept a diary of how they felt during those 24 hours and many of them reported the very same physical and mental experiences found in patients with drug or alcohol addictions.  Makes you wonder; How would you do without your gadgets for a day, even a week? 

There’s no doubt technology is here to stay and it has benefitted us in many ways but at what cost?